Percutaneous transhepatic versus EUS-guided gallbladder drainage

Post written by Jaihwan Kim, MD, from the Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital. We want to introduce the feasibility, safety, long-term patency, and economic issue of EUS-GBD in patients with malignant cystic duct obstruction. In real practice, physicians meet some patients who need a long indwelling PTGBD which seriously … Continue reading Percutaneous transhepatic versus EUS-guided gallbladder drainage

Editor’s Choice: Non-adherence to the rule of 3 does not increase the risk of adverse events in esophageal dilation

Associate Editor John R. Saltzman, MD, highlights this article from the February issue, “Non-adherence to the rule of 3 does not increase the risk of adverse events in esophageal dilation” by Karina V. Grooteman, Louis M. Wong Kee Song, Frank P. Vleggaar, Peter D. Siersema, and Todd H. Baron. This study challenges the prevailing wisdom … Continue reading Editor’s Choice: Non-adherence to the rule of 3 does not increase the risk of adverse events in esophageal dilation

Patients undergoing covered and uncovered self-expandable metal stent placement

Post written by Yasuki Hori, MD, PhD, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Metabolism, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya, Japan. We focused on predictors for solid food intake after self-expandable metal stent (SEMS) placement for malignant gastric outlet obstruction, not only patient-related factors but also stent-related factors. We consider the identification … Continue reading Patients undergoing covered and uncovered self-expandable metal stent placement

Holmium laser lithotripsy to manage complex biliary calculi

Post written by Jason Behary, MBBS, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, St George Hospital and University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. Digital per-oral cholangioscopy performed under combined endoscopic and fluoroscopic control allows visualization and treatment of large and difficult to remove intra- and extrahepatic biliary calculi. A 200-micron holmium laser lithotripsy fiber … Continue reading Holmium laser lithotripsy to manage complex biliary calculi

Risk of infection transmission in curvilinear array echoendoscopes

Post written by Christopher G. Chapman, MD, from the Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics (CERT) at University of Chicago Medicine. The focus of this study was to determine the yield of routine bacterial surveillance cultures of post-high-level disinfection (HLD) reprocessed curvilinear array (CLA) echoendoscopes. The impetus for this study was the relative lack of … Continue reading Risk of infection transmission in curvilinear array echoendoscopes

Distance from hospital impacts adverse event detection

Post written by Rajesh N. Keswani, MD, MS, from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The objective of this study was to determine the hospital utilization patterns of patients with endoscopy-related adverse events (AEs), including death, after ambulatory endoscopy at 5 Chicago-area medical centers. We specifically aimed to investigate whether care fragmentation, which is … Continue reading Distance from hospital impacts adverse event detection

Small-bowel capsule endoscopy with panoramic view

Post written by Gian Eugenio Tontini, MD, PhD from IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Gastroenterology & Digestive Endoscopy Unit, San Donato Milanese, Milano, Italy. CapsoCam SV is a new small bowel capsule with “panoramic view,” wire-free technology, and a long-lasting battery life. It is equipped with 4 high-frame rate cameras, resulting in a high number of … Continue reading Small-bowel capsule endoscopy with panoramic view