Comparison of uncovered with covered SEMSs

Post written by Sunguk Jang, MD, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. This article compares the efficacy and safety of covered versus uncovered metallic biliary stents in patients with malignant biliary strictures. There remains a controversy over the increased risk of cholecystitis after the placement of covered metallic stents for malignant …

Continue reading Comparison of uncovered with covered SEMSs

Editor’s Choice: Stent as bridge to surgery for left-sided malignant colonic obstruction

Associate Editor, Dr. Fauze Maluf-Filho, highlights this article from the September issue “Stent as bridge to surgery for left-sided malignant colonic obstruction reduces adverse events and stoma rate compared with emergency surgery: results of a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” by Alberto Arezzo, MD, et al. This study is the most comprehensive review …

Continue reading Editor’s Choice: Stent as bridge to surgery for left-sided malignant colonic obstruction

Biodegradable stents for refractory benign esophageal strictures

Post written by Tomonori Yano, MD, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy, National Cancer Center Hospital East, Kashiwa, Japan. This study was a prospective evaluation of efficacy and safety of biodegradable stents for refractory benign esophageal strictures after curative treatment for esophageal cancer. Before conducting this study, little was known about the efficacy and …

Continue reading Biodegradable stents for refractory benign esophageal strictures

Metal versus plastic stent for drainage of malignant biliary obstruction

Post written by Tae Jun Song, MD, PhD and Sang Soo Lee, MD, PhD from the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea Preoperative biliary drainage (PBD) with stent placement has been commonly used for patients with malignant biliary obstruction. In PBD, the placement of fully-covered …

Continue reading Metal versus plastic stent for drainage of malignant biliary obstruction

Managing staple line leaks after sleeve gastrectomy

Vivek Kumbhari, MD from the Department of Medicine and Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland, USA presents this VideoGIE case, "Novel technique for the management of staple line leaks after sleeve gastrectomy." A 32-year-old male presented for management of late proximal staple line leaks following sleeve gastrectomy …

Continue reading Managing staple line leaks after sleeve gastrectomy

New hybrid metal stent for EUS-guided biliary drainage

Tae Jun Song, MD, PhD and Sang Soo Lee, MD, PhD from University of Ulsan in Seoul, South Korea report on their New Methods article "Preliminary report on a new hybrid metal stent for EUS-guided biliary drainage (with videos)." We investigated the feasibility and safety of a newly developed self-expandable metal stent tailored for use …

Continue reading New hybrid metal stent for EUS-guided biliary drainage

Predictive value of cholangioscopy

Jorge Manuel Tavares Canena from the Center of Gastroenterology, Cuf Infanto Santo Hospital, Faculty of Medical Sciences - Nova Medical School and Department of Gastroenterology, Pulido Valente Hospital, Faculty of Medical Sciences - Nova Medical School in Lisbon, Portugal discusses his article "Predictive value of cholangioscopy after endoscopic management of early postcholecystectomy bile duct strictures …

Continue reading Predictive value of cholangioscopy