Editor’s Choice: Quality assurance of colonoscopy within the Dutch national colorectal cancer screening program

GIE Associate Editor, Dr. Lyndon V. Hernandez, MD MPH, highlights this article from the January issue “Quality assurance of colonoscopy within the Dutch national colorectal cancer screening program” by Maxime E.S. Bronzwaer, MD, et al.  In 2006, Barclay et al showed in their landmark study in The New England Journal of Medicine the association between …

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Impact of water exchange colonoscopy on endoscopy room efficiency

Post written by Sergio Cadoni, MD, from the Digestive Endoscopy Unit, CTO Hospital, Iglesias, Italy. Water exchange colonoscopy (WE) has been consistently shown to be the least painful insertion technique, decreasing the need for sedation and significantly increasing colon cleanliness and lesion detection. However, the wide adoption of WE has been hindered by the misconception …

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Suture pulley countertraction method reduces procedure time and technical demand of ESD

Post written by Hiroyuki Aihara, MD, PhD, from the Developmental Endoscopy Lab, Harvard Medical School, and Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The lack of reliable countertraction in endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) contributes to its technical demand and increased procedure time. In our previous ex vivo study, we …

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Utility of video capsule endoscopy for longitudinal monitoring of Crohn’s disease activity in the small bowel

Post written by Gil Y. Melmed, MD, from the F Widjaja Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. We aimed to determine the utility of using video capsule endoscopy for serial evaluations of Crohn’s disease activity. While the literature has demonstrated good correlation between WCE and colonoscopy at …

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Editor’s Choice: The emerging role of histologic disease activity assessment in ulcerative colitis

GIE Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Michael Wallace, highlights this article from the December issue “The emerging role of histologic disease activity assessment in ulcerative colitis” by Rish K. Pai, MD, PhD, et al.  The decision about when to start and stop therapy for ulcerative colitis is increasingly made based on colonoscopy and histological assessment of activity ("treat …

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Fully covered SEMSs to dilate persistent pancreatic strictures in chronic pancreatitis

Post written by Andrea Tringali, MD, PhD, from the Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli - IRCCS, Catholic University, and CERTT, Centre for Endoscopic Research, Therapeutics and Training - Catholic University, Rome, Italy. Pancreatic duct drainage by ERCP and insertion of plastic stents is effective in the treatment of pain related to chronic …

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New-generation full-spectrum endoscopy versus standard forward-viewing colonoscopy

Post written by Toyoki Kudo, MD, PhD, from the Digestive Disease Center, Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital, Yokohama, Japan. Although colonoscopy is the gold standard for detection of colorectal adenomas, some adenomas are missed. Full-spectrum endoscopy (FUSE) allows for observation with a 330° angle of view, which is expected to decrease the miss rate. However, …

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