Endoscopist biopsy rate as a quality indicator for outpatient gastroscopy

Post written by Wladyslaw Januszewicz, MD, from the Department of Gastroenterological Oncology, The Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology, and the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Clinical Oncology, Medical Centre for Postgraduate Education, Warsaw, Poland, and the MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The focus of our study was …

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Short-term outcomes of endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty in 1000 consecutive patients

Post written by Aayed Alqahtani, MD, FRCSC, FACS, from the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For many patients with obesity, bariatric surgery is not a suitable option. Some patients are not eligible for weight-loss surgery under current conventional criteria. Additionally, many patients who are eligible for bariatric surgery …

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Different risk factors between early and late cancer recurrences after noncurative ESD

Post written by Waku Hatta, MD, PhD, from the Division of Gastroenterology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan. Our study focused on evaluating the risk factors of early and late cancer recurrences in patients who were followed up without additional radical surgery after endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for early gastric cancer (EGC) categorized …

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Duration or etiology of gastroparesis and clinical response after gastric per-oral endoscopic pyloromyotomy

Post written by Parit Mekaroonkamol, MD, Vaishali Patel, MD, MHS, and Qiang Cai, MD, PhD, from the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, and the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Gastric per-oral endoscopic pyloromyotomy (GPOEM) is an emerging endoscopic procedure for treatment of gastroparesis. Although multiple studies have demonstrated impressive clinical …

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Why did the sham-treated EPISOD study subjects do so well?

Post written by Peter B. Cotton, MD, FRCS, FRCP, from the Digestive Disease Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. The EPISOD study showed that sphincterotomy was not helpful for patients with post-cholecystectomy pain and little or no evidence for biliary obstruction (“SOD type III”). The conclusion was surprising; especially to those …

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Safety of endoscopy in cancer patients with thrombocytopenia and neutropenia

          Post written by Hamzah Abu-Sbeih, MD, and Yinghong Wang, MD, PhD, from the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA. The purpose of this study was to assess the safety of endoscopic procedures in patients with underlying thrombocytopenia or neutropenia …

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Risk of bacterial exposure to the endoscopist’s face during endoscopy

Post written by Asif Khalid, MD, from the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh HealthCare System, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Gastroenterologists will don a gown and gloves prior to performing GI endoscopy almost as a reflex, but the use of a face shield is not considered standard practice. This is in spite …

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