Gender dynamics in education and practice of gastroenterology

Post written by Loren Galler Rabinowitz, MD, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, USA. This study focuses on the impact of gender dynamics on teaching and learning endoscopic skills as well as on gastroenterologists’ experiences in the endoscopy suite.  As more women join the field of gastroenterology, the …

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Applications Open for Peer-Review Mentorship Program

Students of peer review: Where are you in your S-curve? The S-curve illustrates how we tailor the mentorship program to your own learning curve. Progress is slow in the initial phase, but this is followed by almost exponential growth in learning. The wide spectrum of how individuals take on specific tasks is often overlooked—some acquire skills quicker, …

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Automated software-assisted diagnosis of esophageal squamous cell neoplasia using high-resolution microendoscopy

Post written by Mimi C. Tan, MD, MPH, from the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. High-resolution microendoscopy (HRME) is an ‘optical biopsy’ technology that provides sub-cellular imaging of esophageal mucosa at the time of endoscopy. The endoscopist is able to assess nuclear size, crowding, and pleomorphisms …

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Vascularity can distinguish neoplastic from non-neoplastic bile duct lesions during digital single-operator cholangioscopy

Post written by Carlos Robles-Medranda, MD, from the Gastroenterology and Endoscopy, Instituto Ecuatoriano de Enfermedades Digestivas, Guayaquil, Ecuador. Accurately diagnosing indeterminate biliary lesions on clinical practice is a challenging task. Endoscopists may use Digital single operator cholangioscopy (DSOC) to evaluate those lesions, acquire histologic specimens, and to guide clinical management. Various DSOC classification systems and …

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Comparison of EUS-guided endoscopic transpapillary and percutaneous gallbladder drainage for acute cholecystitis

Post written by Anthony Yuen Bun Teoh, FRCSEd (Gen), from the Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. The optimal method of gallbladder drainage for acute cholecystitis in nonsurgical candidates is uncertain. The aim of the current study was to conduct a network meta-analysis comparing …

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Safety and effectiveness of peroral endoscopic myotomy in patients on antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy

Post written by Enrique Rodríguez de Santiago, MD, MSc, from the Digestive Diseases Center, Showa University, Koto-Toyosu Hospital, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, and the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Universidad de Alcalá, IRYCIS, Madrid, Spain. In this study, we aimed to investigate the safety of peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) in patients …

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Double high-level disinfection versus liquid chemical sterilization for reprocessing of duodenoscopes used for ERCP

Post written by Mark A. Gromski, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. This study aimed to answer whether there were any differences in 2 different duodenoscope reprocessing methods that fulfilled supplemental measures to enhance reprocessing: double high-level disinfection and liquid chemical sterilization. …

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Second-generation distal attachment cuff improves adenoma detection rate

Post written by Harsh K. Patel, MBBS, and Viveksandeep Thoguluva Chandrasekar, MD, from the Department of Internal Medicine, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Department of Gastroenterology, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas, USA. The focus of our study was to compare the outcomes of standard high-definition white-light colonoscopy (SC) to second …

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Editor’s Choice: Second-generation distal attachment cuff improves adenoma detection rate

GIE Associate Editor, Dr. Seth Gross, highlights this article from the March issue “Second-generation distal attachment cuff improves adenoma detection rate: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” by Harsh K. Patel, MBBS, et al. This study shows the benefits of mechanical enhancement during colonoscopy, which can improve a key quality metric, adenoma detection rate. Colonoscopy is a …

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Safety and efficacy of a novel powered endoscopic debridement tissue resection device for management of difficult colon and foregut lesions

Post written by Vivek Kaul, MD, FACG, FASGE, AGAF, from the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, USA. Standard endoluminal resection using established EMR and ESD techniques can be difficult and risky when attempting to remove fibrotic or scarred lesions. For the first time, we …

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