Endotherapy of postcholecystectomy biliary strictures with multiple plastic stents

Post written by Andrea Tringali, MD, PhD, from the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Roma, Italia, Digestive Endoscopy Unit, and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma, Italia. Centre for Endoscopic Research Therapeutics and Training—CERTT. Our study is focused on a large series of patients treated by endoscopic insertion of multiple plastic stents (MPS) …

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Risk of progression in Barrett’s esophagus indefinite for dysplasia

Post written by Rajesh Krishnamoorthi, MD, from the Digestive Diseases Institute, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, USA. The current study is systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the risk of progression to high-grade dysplasia and/or esophageal adenocarcinoma in patients with Barrett's esophagus indefinite for dysplasia. Barrett’s esophagus (BE) is a precursor lesion for esophageal …

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Initial clinical experience of a steerable access device for EUS-guided biliary drainage

Post written by Vivek Kumbhari, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. EUS-guided biliary drainage (EUS-BD) is an accepted method to treat biliary pathology in those that have failed ERCP. A recent consensus statement recommended that of the 4 major EUS-BD techniques, EUS-guided rendezvous should be the …

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Editor’s Choice: Trends in EMR for nonmalignant colorectal polyps in the United States

GIE Associate Editor, Dr. Lyndon Hernandez, MD, MPH, highlights this article from the January issue “Trends in EMR for nonmalignant colorectal polyps in the United States” by Jessica X. Yu, MD, MS, et al.  Using a large health insurance claims database, the authors observed an increase in the performance of EMR for colorectal lesions. However, …

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Comparison between fine-needle biopsy and fine-needle aspiration for EUS-guided sampling of subepithelial lesions

Post written by Antonio Facciorusso, MD, PhD, from the Gastroenterology Unit, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) fine-needle aspiration (FNA) did not prove to outperform bite-on-bite biopsy in patients with subepithelial lesions (SELs) showing a pooled diagnostic yield as high as 60%. Based on this evidence, current guidelines recommend EUS-guided sampling only in …

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A risk-scoring system to predict clinical failure for patients with achalasia after peroral endoscopic myotomy

Post written by Ping-Hong Zhou, MD, from the Endoscopy Center and Endoscopy Research Institute, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. As a novel treatment approach for achalasia, POEM has achieved satisfactory long-term effectiveness. However, there are still around 10% of patients facing treatment failure, and there are currently no clinical predictive rules that could characterize …

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Utility of EUS elastography in the diagnosis of gastric subepithelial tumors: a pilot study

Post written by In Kyung Yoo, MD, PhD, from the Department of Gastroenterology, Cha Bundang Medical Center, Cha University College of Medicine, Seongnam-si, Korea. EUS elastography is a real-time imaging technique that displays the tissue elasticity differences between diseased and normal tissues on the conventional B-mode ultrasound images. It analyzes the degree of tissue deformation …

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