EUS-guided gallbladder drainage versus laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis

Post written by Anthony Yuen Bun Teoh, FRCSEd (Gen), from the Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR. EUS-guided gallbladder drainage (EUS-GBD) is a safe alternative to percutaneous cholecystostomy (PT-GBD) for acute cholecystitis. How the procedure compares to laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is uncertain. The aim of …

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Optical diagnosis of colorectal polyps: a randomized controlled trial comparing endoscopic image-enhancing modalities

Post written by Roupen Djinbachian, MD, from the Division of Internal Medicine, Montreal University Hospital Center (CHUM) and Montreal University Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM), Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The focus of this study was to compare a novel endoscopic image-enhancing modality (Optivista) to an existing precursor (iScan) for optical colorectal polyp diagnosis in a randomized controlled …

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Evaluation of colorectal endoscopic submucosal dissection using a multifunctional snare

Post written by Jun Arimoto, MD, PhD, from the Department of Gastroenterology, Omori Red Cross Hospital, Tokyo, Japan. In this study, we evaluate the safety and efficacy of colorectal ESD using the SOUTEN snare. Although the SOUTEN snare was introduced for hybrid ESD, hybrid ESD involves partial submucosal dissection. So, we thought that “SOUTEN-ESD,” mean …

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Clinical utility of cricopharyngeal distensibility measurements during endoscopic myotomy for Zenker’s diverticulum

Post written by Linda Yun Zhang, MBBS, FRACP, from the Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, St George Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Flexible endoscopic cricopharyngeal myotomy allows minimally invasive treatment of patients with Zenker’s diverticulum. Despite its wide uptake there is a substantial retreatment rate, which is at least partly due to the lack …

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An innovative next-generation endoscopic submucosal injection material with a 2-step injection system

Post written by Ryohei Hirose, MD, PhD, from the Department of Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, and the Department of Infectious Diseases, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan. The development and clinical introduction of high-performance submucosal injection materials (SIMs) will …

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Improved detection of liver metastasis using Kupffer-phase imaging in contrast-enhanced harmonic EUS in patients with pancreatic cancer

Post written by Kosuke Minaga, MD, PhD, and Masayuki Kitano, MD, PhD, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine, Osaka-Sayama, and the Second Department of Internal Medicine, Wakayama Medical University School of Medicine, Wakayama, Japan. The focus of this study was to assess the usefulness of Kupffer-phase imaging in contrast-enhanced …

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Prevalence of Barrett’s esophagus and performance of societal screening guidelines in an unreferred primary care population of U.S. veterans

Post written by Theresa H. Nguyen, MD, from the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt), Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, Texas, USA. The focus of our study was to examine the prevalence of Barrett’s esophagus …

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Barrett’s esophagus after sleeve gastrectomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Post written by Bashar J. Qumseya, MD, MPH, from the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. The study focused on the rate of Barrett’s esophagus (BE) in patients who undergo endoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (SG) for weight loss. My dentist informed me that he was seeing cases of very severe GERD …

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Early precut versus primary precut sphincterotomy to reduce post-ERCP pancreatitis

Post written by Sudhir Maharshi, MD, DM, and Shyam Sunder Sharma, DNB, DM, from the Department of Gastroenterology, SMS Medical College and Hospitals, Jaipur, India. The focus of our study was to assess the safety and efficacy of primary precut. It is well known that precut sphincterotomy, usually considered after repeated and failed cannulation, is …

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Quality assessment for systematic reviews and meta-analyses of cohort studies

Post written by Bashar J. Qumseya, MD, MPH, FASGE, from the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. I have been involved in many systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Several scales used for rating cohort studies were available but were either to difficult to use or interpret. I wanted to create …

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