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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Editor’s Choice: Core curriculum for endoscopic mucosal resection

GIE Senior Associate Editor, Dr. John R. Saltzman, MD, FASGE, highlights this article from the February issue “Core curriculum for endoscopic mucosal resection” by the ASGE Training Committee. This article provides a framework for teaching the skills needed to perform endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR). It provides an outstanding overview of the technical, nontechnical, and cognitive …

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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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High pooled performance of convolutional neural networks in computer-aided diagnosis of GI ulcers and/or hemorrhage on wireless capsule endoscopy images

Post written by Babu P. Mohan, MD, from the Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The study aimed to analyze the pooled rates of diagnostic accuracy parameters of computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) by convolutional neural networks (CNN)-based machine learning of wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) images. Recent studies have reported on the …

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EUS pancreatic function testing and dynamic pancreatic duct evaluation for the diagnosis of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and chronic pancreatitis

Post written by John M. DeWitt, MD, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Indiana University Health Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Chronic pancreatitis is easy to diagnose in the late stages due to characteristic imaging findings. Minimal change chronic pancreatitis (MCCP) is early disease with characteristic symptoms but little to no typical imaging features …

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