Comparative accuracy of needle sizes and designs for EUS tissue sampling of solid pancreatic masses

Post written by Antonio Facciorusso, MD, PhD, from the Endoscopy Unit, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy. EUS-guided tissue acquisition (EUS-TA) for cytology through fine-needle aspiration (FNA) or fine-needle biopsy (FNB) using specialized core needles has become a central technique in the assessment of pancreatic masses. The most important pitfall associated with this procedure is a …

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Contributing factors to an outbreak of multidrug-resistant K pneumoniae

Post written by Arjan W. Rauwers, MD, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Worldwide, an increasing number of duodenoscope-associated outbreaks are reported. The contributing factors to an outbreak are not well understood. We report on an investigation after the outbreak of a multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (MRKP) …

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Improvement in colonoscopy quality metrics in clinical practice

Post written by Simon C. Mathews, MD, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armst.rong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Our basic aim was to determine whether metrics for colonoscopy quality have improved over time. Research, education, …

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Metal stent covered with a silicone membrane containing integrated silver particles in preventing biofilm and sludge formation

Post written by Tae Hoon Lee, MD, PhD, and Do Hyun Park, MD, PhD, from the Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan, and the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea. Membrane-covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) have been developed to …

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Efficacy of a novel lumen-apposing metal stent for the treatment of symptomatic pancreatic pseudocysts

Post written by Tae Jun Song, MD, PhD, Sang Soo Lee, MD, PhD, Jong Ho Moon, MD, PhD, from the Department of Internal Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, and the Department of Internal Medicine, SoonChunHyang University School of Medicine, Bucheon, Republic of Korea. We investigated the effectiveness and safety …

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Editor’s Choice: Differential risk of disease progression in CD

GIE Associate Editor, Dr. Lisa L. Strate, MD, MPH, highlights this article from the August issue “Differential risk of disease progression between isolated anastomotic ulcers and mild ileal recurrence after ileocolonic resection in patients with Crohn’s disease” by Jacob E. Ollech, MD, et al.  Crohn's disease recurrence after ileocolonic resection is a common problem. It …

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Optimizing histopathologic evaluation of EMR specimens of Barrett’s esophagus–related neoplasia

Post written by Anouk Overwater, MD, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, St Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, and the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands. The main question of this study is which specimen handling method results in an optimal histopathological evaluation of endoscopic resection specimens of …

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