Association between an increase in blood urea nitrogen at 24 hours and worse outcomes in acute nonvariceal upper GI bleeding

Post written by Navin L. Kumar, MD and John R. Saltzman, MD, from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. The focus of our study was to assess whether an increase in blood urea nitrogen (BUN) at 24 hours of presentation is predictive of worse …

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Editor’s Choice: Impact of mucosal inflammation on risk of colorectal neoplasia

GIE Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Michael Wallace, highlights this article from the December issue, “Impact of mucosal inflammation on risk of colorectal neoplasia in patients with ulcerative colitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis” by Brisas M. Flores, MD, et al. Endoscopy is playing an increasing role in the management of patients with IBD. The special December issue …

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Development and reliability of the new endoscopic virtual chromoendoscopy score

Post written by Marietta Iacucci, MD, PhD, from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Institution of  Translational  Medicine, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Endoscopic scoring of mucosal inflammation and healing is widely used in clinical trials and increasingly in clinical practice. The current endoscopic scores are not precise in assessing minimal inflammatory changes or complete mucosal …

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Balloon enteroscopy vs spiral enteroscopy for small-bowel disorders

Post written by Ramkaji Baniya, MD, and Prabin Sharma, MD, from the Department of Internal Medicine, Hurley Medical Center, Michigan State University, Flint, Michigan, and the Department of Internal Medicine, Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Our systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of different deep enteroscopic procedures. …

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Bilateral vs unilateral placement of metal stents for inoperable high-grade malignant hilar biliary strictures

Post written by Tae Hoon Lee, MD, PhD, and Jong Ho Moon, MD, PhD, from the Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan Hospital, and the Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea. There is no definite consensus on whether bilateral placement of metal …

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Progressive learning in endoscopy simulation training improves clinical performance

Post written by Samir C. Grover, MD, MEd, FRCPC, from the Division of Gastroenterology, St. Michael’s Hospital Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We aimed to improve existing simulation-based training curricula for teaching novices how to perform colonoscopy using progressive learning. We recognized that a theory-based approach to designing a curriculum in …

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Safety and efficacy of cap-assisted EMR for sporadic nonampullary duodenal adenomas

Post written by Laith H. Jamil, MD, from the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. The focus of the study was to assess the efficacy and safety of using a transparent hard straight plastic cap with an outer diameter of 13.9 or 14.9 mm and a crescent-shaped snare for endoscopic removal of sporadic non-ampullary …

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