Hepatic encephalopathy before and neurological complications after liver transplantation have no impact on the employment status 1 year after transplantation
Henning Pflugrad, Anita B Tryc, Annemarie Goldbecker, Karin Weissenborn, Department of Neurology, Hannover Medical School, 30625 Hannover, Germany
Henning Pflugrad, Anita B Tryc, Annemarie Goldbecker, Karin Weissenborn, Integrated Research and Treatment Centre Transplantation, 30625 Hannover, Germany
Christian P Strassburg, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Hannover Medical School, 30625 Hannover, Germany
Christian P Strassburg, Department of Medicine I, University Hospital Bonn, 53127 Bonn, Germany
Hannelore Barg-Hock, Jürgen Klempnauer, Clinic for Visceral and Transplant Surgery, Hannover Medical School, 30625 Hannover, Germany
Author contributions: Pflugrad H drafted the manuscript, collected data, analysed and interpreted data and performed the statistical analysis; Tryc AB collected data, analysed and interpreted data and revised the manuscript; Goldbecker A collected data and revised the manuscript; Strassburg CP collected data and revised the manuscript; Barg-Hock H collected data and revised the manuscript; Klempnauer J collected data and revised the manuscript; Weissenborn K designed the study, collected data, analysed and interpreted data, drafted the manuscript, performed the statistical analysis and supervised the study; all authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Supported by The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, No. 01EO0802.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by the Hannover Medical School Institutional Review Board.
Clinical trial registration statement: This study was not registered as a clinical trial because it is an observational study and no interventions were performed to evaluate the effects on health outcomes. The registration policy applies only to prospective, randomized, controlled trials.
Informed consent statement: All study participants provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Data sharing statement: There is no additional data available.
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Correspondence to: Dr. Henning Pflugrad, Department of Neurology, Hannover Medical School, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, 30625 Hannover, Germany. email@example.com
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Received: October 19, 2016
Peer-review started: October 21, 2016
First decision: January 5, 2017
Revised: January 23, 2017
Accepted: March 12, 2017
Article in press: March 13, 2017
Published online: April 8, 2017