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Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):215-216. Epub 2019 Jan 17.

Department of Surgery, Yodogawa Christian Hospital, Osaka, Japan.

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January 2019

Can we predict and prevent postoperative morbidity in elderly patients?

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):215. Epub 2019 Jan 18.

Department of Surgical Oncology, Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, India.

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January 2019

Metabolic syndrome components including high abdominal obesity and sarcopenia in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):214. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

Department of Medicine, Second Medical Clinic, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ippokration Hospital, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece (Jannis Kountouras, Michael Doulberis, Stergios A. Polyzos, Panagiotis Katsinelos).

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January 2019
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Iatrogenic bleeding of atypical liver hemangioma.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):213. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

Pathology (Gert De Hertogh), University Hospitals, Leuven, Belgium.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2019.0345DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394255PMC
January 2019

Rectourethral fistula.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):212. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Rambam Health Care Campus, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0335DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394268PMC
December 2018

Endoscopic mucosal resection for diagnosis of peripheral T-cell lymphoma arising in the duodenum.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):211. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

Pathology (Shiro Adachi), Toyonaka Municipal Hospital, Osaka, Japan.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394274PMC
January 2019

Indolent systemic mastocytosis mimicking Crohn's disease.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):208-210. Epub 2019 Jan 2.

School of Medicine, European University Cyprus (Alexandros Hatjivasilis, Kalliopi J. Ioakim, Anastasia Neocleous, Karolos Demetriou, Soni Panjiyar, George Potamitis), Cyprus.

Mastocytosis is a rare and heterogeneous group of diseases whose common element is the presence of dense mast-cell infiltrates in various tissues. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is frequently affected with vague and subtle manifestations, making the diagnosis of GI mastocytosis rather formidable and challenging. The diagnosis of the disease requires a high level of clinical suspicion and an index of familiarity. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394271PMC
January 2019
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Beware of anal fissures: pemphigus vulgaris of the anal canal.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):205-207. Epub 2018 Dec 20.

Depatment of Dermatology, University General Hospital of Heraklion, Crete (Chara Karatzi, Maria Stefanidou, Eva Islamidou, George Evangelou, Sabine Krueger-Krasagakis, Konstantin Krasagakis), Greece.

A case of anal pemphigus vulgaris in a 49-year-old female suffering from pemphigus vulgaris of the oral cavity is reported. The oral manifestations were in remission until she presented with episodes of anal pain and bleeding on defecation, initially mimicking anal fissures. Inspection revealed prominent painful erosions in the anal canal with external hemorrhoids and strands of sloughing skin and maceration in the anal verge. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394260PMC
December 2018
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Comparison of digital versus fiberoptic cholangioscopy in patients requiring evaluation of bile duct disease or treatment of biliary stones.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):199-204. Epub 2019 Jan 25.

Department of Gastroenterology, Venizelion General Hospital, Heraklion, Crete.

Background: Recently, the introduction of the novel digital SpyGlass™ DS Direct Visualization system (Boston Scientific Corp., Natick, MA, USA) has signaled the transition into the era of digital single-operator cholangioscopy (D-SOC). We sought to compare the clinical utility between fiberoptic single-operator cholangioscopy (F-SOC) and D-SOC in a tertiary-care referral center in Greece. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394257PMC
January 2019
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Predictors of abnormalities on magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography: is there a role when the biliary tree is normal on previous imaging?

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):193-198. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

Department of Gastroenterology (Bhamini Vadhwana, John Graby, Martin Lewis, Anouchka Goldman, Kevin J. Monahan).

Background: There is limited evidence supporting the use of magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) if the biliary tree is within normal limits on ultrasound scan (US) or computed tomography (CT). The aim of this study was to assess the role of MRCP in the absence of a dilated biliary system on index imaging.

Methods: A retrospective observational study of consecutive MRCP investigations (n=427) was performed between October 2010 and June 2013 at a single district general hospital. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394272PMC
January 2019
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Validation and comparative assessment of low anterior resection syndrome questionnaires in Greek rectal cancer patients.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):185-192. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

1 Department of Propaedeutic Surgery, Athens Medical School (George Zografos, George Theodoropoulos), Athens, Greece.

Background: Our study validated the low anterior resection syndrome (LARS) score questionnaire, the colorectal functional outcome (COREFO) questionnaire, and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center bowel function instrument (MSKCC-BFI) in Greek rectal cancer patients.

Methods: Internal consistency, repeatability, construct and discriminant validity were evaluated for LARS, COREFO, and MSKCC-BFI questionnaires. The convergent validity was assessed by correlations with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-C30 and QLQ-CR29 domains. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2019.0350DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394270PMC
January 2019
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A retrospective comparative study of argon plasma versus polypectome snare tip coagulation: effect on recurrence rate after resection of large laterally spreading type lesions.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):178-184. Epub 2019 Feb 5.

2 Department of Gastroenterology, Ippokration General Hospital, Macedonia, Greece.

Background: Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is an established technique for treating large laterally spreading type (LST) lesions ≥20 mm. The aim of our study was to compare the use of argon plasma (APC) versus snare-tip coagulation on the recurrence rate of large LST lesions.

Methods: All patients with large LST lesions resected by EMR between January 2006 and December 2014 were enrolled. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2019.0359DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394265PMC
February 2019

Complete endoscopic mucosal resection of malignant colonic sessile polyps and clinical outcome of 51 cases.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):174-177. Epub 2018 Dec 21.

Department of Gastroenterology (Maria Fragaki, Evangelos Voudoukis, Ioannis Dimas, Afroditi Mpitouli, Magdalini Velegraki, Emmanouil Vardas, Angeliki Theodoropoulou, Konstantinos Karmiris, Gregorios Paspatis), Venizeleion General Hospital, Heraklion, Greece.

Background: Meta-analyses and guidelines recommend that deep submucosal invasion (>1 mm) of malignant sessile colonic polyps is an important risk factor for lymph node metastasis. However, existing data are based on small retrospective studies with marked heterogeneity. We herein aimed to investigate the long-term outcomes of patients who underwent complete endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) of malignant colonic sessile polyps invading the submucosal layer. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0343DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394258PMC
December 2018
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Presence of pseudopolyps in ulcerative colitis is associated with a higher risk for treatment escalation.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):168-173. Epub 2019 Jan 23.

Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospital of Ioannina, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece (Dimitrios S. Politis, Konstantinos H. Katsanos, Epameinondas V. Tsianos, Dimitrios K. Christodoulou).

Background: Pseudopolyps in ulcerative colitis (UC) are considered as indicators of previous episodes of severe inflammation and ulceration of the mucosa. The aim of the study was to investigate the long-term outcomes of patients treated for UC, with or without pseudopolyps.

Methods: This was a retrospective single-center study. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2019.0357DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394261PMC
January 2019
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Gas embolism during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography: diagnosis and management.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):156-167. Epub 2018 Dec 20.

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah (Douglas G. Adler), USA.

Air embolism is rarely diagnosed and is often fatal. The diagnosis is often not made in a timely manner given the rapid and severe clinical deterioration that often develops, frequently leading to cardiac arrest. Many patients are only diagnosed post-mortem. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394273PMC
December 2018
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The role of interventional oncology in the treatment of colorectal cancer liver metastases.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):147-155. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Second Department of Radiology, Unit of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Attikon University Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of death both in Europe and worldwide. Unfortunately, 20-25% of patients with colorectal cancer already have metastases at the time of diagnosis, while 50-60% of the remainder will develop metastases later during the course of the disease. Although hepatic excision is the first-line treatment for patients with liver-limited colorectal metastases and is reported to prolong the survival of these patients, few patients are candidates. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0338DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394269PMC
December 2018
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Lumen-apposing metal stents for gastrointestinal luminal strictures: current use and future directions.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):141-146. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

The management of short-segment benign gastrointestinal (GI) strictures refractory to currently available endoscopic treatments (endoscopic balloon dilation, intralesional steroid injection, incisional therapy and fully covered self-expanding metal stents) proves to be challenging. Lumen-apposing metal stents (LAMS), originally developed for access to and drainage of pancreatic fluid collections, are being used in an off-label manner for the treatment of short GI luminal strictures. The short length and wide flanges make LAMS potentially suitable for this indication and may reduce complications and improve patient tolerance. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0337DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394263PMC
December 2018
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Ridinilazole: a novel antimicrobial for infection.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):134-140. Epub 2018 Dec 13.

Department of Pharmacy, North FL/South GA Veterans Health System, Gainesville, FL (Joe Pardo), USA.

() infection remains a global healthcare threat worldwide and the limited options available for its treatment are of particular concern. Ridinilazole is one potential future agent, as it demonstrates rapid bactericidal activity against . Current studies show that ridinilazole has a lower propensity for collateral damage to the gut microbiome and appears to diminish the production of toxins. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0336DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394264PMC
December 2018

Primary sclerosing cholangitis and inflammatory bowel disease comorbidity: an update of the evidence.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):124-133. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

Gastroenterology (Nhu An Nguyen, Ryan M. Kwok), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, MD, USA.

Comorbid primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) represent a unique disease phenotype with a different risk profile than PSC or IBD alone. While the pathogenetic mechanisms behind both diseases remain unclear, recent studies have targeted several immune-mediated pathways in an attempt to find a potential therapeutic target. Patients with PSC-associated IBD typically exhibit pancolitis with a right-to-left intestinal inflammatory gradient associated with a greater incidence of backwash ileitis and rectal sparing. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2019.0344DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394256PMC
January 2019
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Diagnostic and therapeutic considerations for obscure gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Mar-Apr;32(2):113-123. Epub 2018 Dec 20.

Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine (Ramzi Mulki, Tanvi Dhere, Steven Keilin, Saurabh Chawla), Atlanta, United States.

Recurrent obscure gastrointestinal bleeding amongst patients with chronic kidney disease is a challenging problem gastroenterologists are facing and is associated with an extensive diagnostic workup, limited therapeutic options, and high healthcare costs. Small-bowel angiodysplasia is the most common etiology of obscure and recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding in the general population. Chronic kidney disease is associated with a higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and of developing angiodysplasia compared with the general population. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0341DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394262PMC
December 2018

Authors' reply.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):112. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (Emmanuel Ofori, Madhavi Reddy, Douglas G. Adler), USA.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302186PMC
December 2018
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Maggots at colostomy site: an unusual finding!

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):111. Epub 2018 Sep 24.

Department of General Surgery, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0312DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302203PMC
September 2018
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Rectal mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma treated by endoscopic submucosal resection with band ligation.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):110. Epub 2018 Nov 2.

Department of Gastroenterology, National Hospital Organization Fukuyama Medical Center, Fukuyama, Japan.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302188PMC
November 2018
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Kappa light-chain amyloidosis of gastrointestinal tract.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):109. Epub 2018 Oct 3.

Department of Gastroenterology, Sendai Kousei Hospital, Japan.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0319DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302194PMC
October 2018
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Burkitt's lymphoma masquerading as a Crohn's flare.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):107-108. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

Division of Gastroenterology (Jason D. Ferreira), Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, USA.

Sporadic Burkitt's lymphoma can have a variety of clinical manifestations, including a constellation of gastrointestinal symptoms that can masquerade as other conditions and lead to a delay in diagnosis. Here we review a case of Burkitt's lymphoma in a patient with a history of Crohn's disease, initially thought to be a Crohn's flare on initial presentation. This case highlights the importance of keeping a broad differential and ruling out Crohn's mimics in the process of treating a presumed exacerbation of inflammatory bowel disease. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0332DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302193PMC
December 2018
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Ten-year survival outcomes of patients with potentially resectable gastric cancer: impact of clinicopathologic and treatment-related risk factors.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):99-106. Epub 2018 Oct 3.

Third Department of Surgery (Sylvia Krivan, Nikolaos Machairas, Dimitrios Schizas, George Martikos, Evangelos P. Misiakos, Pavlos Patapis, Theodoros Liakakos).

Background: Despite therapeutic advancements, gastric cancer (GC) remains a leading cause of death worldwide.

Methods: This retrospective cohort study statistically analyzed the clinicopathologic characteristics, treatments and outcomes of patients with potentially resectable GC managed at our institution between 2006 and 2010. The STROBE checklist was applied. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0320DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302201PMC
October 2018
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Sofosbuvir in combination with ribavirin or simeprevir: real-life study of patients with hepatitis C genotype 4.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):93-98. Epub 2018 Nov 24.

Division of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science (Mohamed Abdel-Gabbar, Mohamed Ramadan).

Background: The discovery of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAA) is an outstanding achievement of modern medicine in the current century. The current study aimed to explore the effectiveness and safety of two regimens sofosbuvir (SOF) in combination with either ribavirin (RBV) or simeprevir (SMV) in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) genotype (GT) 4 patients in Egypt.

Methods: A total of 201 patients, treatment-naïve and experienced, with CHC GT4 infection were allocated into two groups based on the type of the regimen used. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302204PMC
November 2018
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Intergenotypic 2k/1b hepatitis C virus recombinants in the East Macedonia and Thrace region of Greece.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):88-92. Epub 2018 Nov 2.

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis (Katerina Kassela, Eleni Kokkiou, Fani Souvalidou, Panayotis Mimidis, Penelope Mavromara).

Background: Intergenotypic recombinant hepatitis C virus (HCV) strains emerge rarely during coinfection of the same individual with two HCV genotypes. Few recombinant HCV strains have been identified to date and only one, CRF01 2k/1b, has become a worldwide concern. This study reevaluated the genotyping of three HCV genotype 2 strains from a group of patients with an unusually low rate of sustained virological response after pegylated interferon/ribavirin treatment. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0322DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302191PMC
November 2018
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Polymerase chain reaction for detection of mucosal cytomegalovirus infection in patients with acute ulcerative colitis.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):81-87. Epub 2018 Oct 3.

Gastroenterology Department, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom.

Background: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is associated with acute exacerbations of ulcerative colitis (UC) but its clinical relevance remains uncertain. The primary aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of CMV infection in UC patients using viral polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of mucosal biopsy samples. Secondary aims were to establish whether the disease was due to a primary infection or reactivation and to note associated risk factors and clinical outcomes. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302192PMC
October 2018
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Impact of bariatric surgery on outcomes of patients with celiac disease: a nationwide inpatient sample analysis, 2004-2014.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):73-80. Epub 2018 Nov 2.

Section of Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (Basile Njei), USA.

Background: While patients with celiac disease have increasingly developed an atypical pattern of weight gain and obesity, the role of bariatric surgery remains unclear. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of bariatric surgery on clinical outcomes among hospitalized patients with celiac disease.

Methods: The United States Nationwide Inpatient Sample database was queried for discharges with co-diagnoses of morbid obesity and celiac disease between 2004 and 2014. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302198PMC
November 2018
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The incidence of neoplasia in patients with autoimmune metaplastic atrophic gastritis: a renewed call for surveillance.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):67-72. Epub 2018 Nov 8.

Division of Gastroenterology (Nadim Mahmud, Bryson W. Katona, David C. Metz).

Background: Autoimmune metaplastic atrophic gastritis (AMAG) is an immune-mediated process that may lead to pernicious anemia (PA) and an increased risk of gastric cancer. Although some literature supports 3- or 5-year endoscopic surveillance for gastric cancer in patients with PA, no formal guidance exists for the general AMAG population. We sought to identify the prevalence and incidence rates of dysplasia or adenocarcinoma in patients with AMAG in order to clarify endoscopic best practices. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0325DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302190PMC
November 2018
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Adapted first-line treatment of infection in Algerian children.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):60-66. Epub 2018 Oct 3.

Department of Gastroenterology, Queen Fabiola Children's Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium (Zhor Guechi).

Background: () infection is acquired in early life and continues to have a high prevalence, especially in developing countries. Growing antibiotic-resistant strains necessitate adapted treatments. This study aimed to compare the efficacy, side effects, and influence of resistance of strains between two different treatments. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0317DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302196PMC
October 2018
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Improvement in the implementation of management guidelines among primary care physicians following a targeted educational intervention.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):52-59. Epub 2018 Nov 24.

Tel Aviv and Central Administration, Clalit Health Services, Tel Aviv (Shlomo Birkenfeld), Israel.

Background: Consensus guidelines recommend that in regions with a high rate of clarithromycin resistance, () infection be treated with 4 drugs. Compliance with this recommendation among primary care physicians (PCPs) is low. We aimed to examine whether PCP compliance with treatment recommendations increased following a targeted educational intervention. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302200PMC
November 2018
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Long-term outcome of myotomy and fundoplication based on intraoperative real-time high-resolution manometry in achalasia patients.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):46-51. Epub 2018 Nov 14.

Department of Surgery, 1 Propaedeutic Surgical Clinic, Hippocration General Hospital of Athens, University of Athens (Tania Triantafyllou, Charalampos Theodoropoulos, Georgia Georgiou, Vasileios Kalles, Konstantinos Filis, Georgios Zografos, Dimitrios Theodorou).

Background: Current treatment options for achalasia of the esophagus predominantly consist of endoscopic myotomy or laparoscopic myotomy combined with a partial fundoplication. The intraoperative use of conventional manometry has previously been proposed with various results. The aim of the present study was to introduce the use of high-resolution manometry (HRM) during surgical treatment for achalasia and to assess the long-term outcome of this technique. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0326DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302195PMC
November 2018
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Endoscopic ultrasound-guided ablation of pancreatic cystic neoplasms: ready for prime time?

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):39-45. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (Douglas G. Adler), USA.

With the increase in the use of cross-sectional diagnostic imaging, there has been a concomitant rise in the rate of detected pancreatic cystic lesions. Recent years have seen the rise of newly developed therapeutic modalities to treat pancreatic lesions via ablation. Specifically, through the use of endoscopic ultrasound-guided therapy, endoscopists can potentially ablate these lesions safely and with minimally invasive techniques. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.20524/aog.2018.0331DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302202PMC
December 2018
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Fecal microbiota transplantation: donor relation, fresh or frozen, delivery methods, cost-effectiveness.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):30-38. Epub 2018 Nov 17.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Academic Affiliate of The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Clinical Affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Brooklyn (Andrew Ofosu, Emmanuel Ofori, Madhavi Reddy), New York, USA.

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has evolved into a robust and efficient means for treating recurrent infection (CDI). Our narrative review looks at the donor selection, preparation, delivery techniques and cost-effectiveness of FMT. We searched electronic databases, including PubMed, MEDLINE, Google Scholar, and Cochrane Databases, for studies that compared the biological effects of donor selection, fresh or frozen fecal preparation, and various delivery techniques. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302197PMC
November 2018
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Endoscopic management of tracheoesophageal fistulas.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):24-29. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (Emmanuel Ofori, Madhavi Reddy, Douglas G. Adler), USA.

Tracheoesophageal fistulas (TEF) are pathologic communications between the trachea and esophagus. TEF can lead to significant respiratory distress that may result in lethal respiratory compromise, often due to recurrent and intractable infections. Through the use of endoscopy, some TEF can be successfully repaired using different approaches depending on the size, location, availability, and experience of the treating endoscopist. Read More

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October 2018
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Hellenic Association for the Study of the Liver Clinical Practice Guidelines: Autoimmune hepatitis.

Ann Gastroenterol 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):1-23. Epub 2018 Nov 29.

Department of Gastroenterology, Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, "Laiko" General Hospital of Athens, Athens (George V. Papatheodoridis), Greece.

Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a relatively rare acute or chronic liver disease of unknown etiology characterized by large heterogeneity. Its distribution is global, covering all ages, both sexes and all ethnic groups. The aim of the present Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) of the Hellenic Association for the Study of the Liver was to provide updated guidance and help to gastroenterologists, hepatologists, internists and general practitioners for AIH diagnosis and management. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302199PMC
November 2018
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Unusual polypoid mass lesion in the rectum.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):752. Epub 2018 Sep 14.

Surgery (Rajesh Gupta), Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India.

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September 2018
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Hip orthopedic material presenting as an unusual rectal foreign body.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):751. Epub 2018 Aug 6.

Department of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, 20 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris, France.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6191863PMC
August 2018
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Refractory bleeding due to duodenal varices.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):750. Epub 2018 Sep 14.

Department of Radiology (Arya Bagherpour), The University of Texas Medical Branch, USA.

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September 2018
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Medical hypothesis: speculating on the pathogenesis of acute diverticulitis.

Authors:
Angelo Zullo

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):747-749. Epub 2018 Sep 26.

Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, Nuovo Regina Margherita Hospital, Rome, Italy.

The pathogenetic process of acute diverticulitis remains speculative. According to the most widely accepted theory, the mechanism involved is "traumatic" damage to the mucosa due to fecolith impaction, as occurs in large diverticula. However, not uncommonly, diverticulitis develops in young patients with only few and small diverticula, where fecolith trapping is very unlikely. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6191870PMC
September 2018
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Comparing endoscopic ultrasound-guided core biopsies of solid pancreatic and extrapancreatic lesions: a large single-operator experience with a new fine-needle biopsy needle.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):742-746. Epub 2018 Sep 24.

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Background: There has been a paradigm shift in tertiary centers from endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) fine-needle aspiration to EUS fine-needle biopsy (EUS-FNB) for tissue acquisition in solid lesions. While data exists on the use of FNB needles in solid pancreatic lesions, very few studies looked at the utility of FNB in solid extrapancreatic lesions. Our aim was to study and compare the technical success and feasibility of EUS-FNB in evaluating solid pancreatic and extrapancreatic lesions using a novel FNB needle. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6191864PMC
September 2018
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Endoscopic ultrasound-guided transmural drainage by cautery-tipped lumen-apposing metal stent: exploring the possible indications.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):735-741. Epub 2018 Jul 26.

Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Department of Gastroenterology, Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan (Andrea Anderloni, Milena Di Leo, Silvia Carrara, Alessandro Fugazza, Roberta Maselli, Francesco Auriemma, Alessandro Repici).

Background: The recently introduced Hot AXIOS™ system for endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided transenteric drainage has the potential to change interventional endoscopy significantly. The aim of our study was to assess the effectiveness and safety of this new type of lumen-apposing metal stent (LAMS) with cautery system for pancreatic collection, and gallbladder and biliary tree drainage.

Methods: We retrospectively reviewed consecutive patients undergoing EUS-guided drainage by LAMS with cautery system in a tertiary-care academic medical center between March 2014 and March 2017. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6191873PMC
July 2018
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Management of anastomotic biliary stricture after liver transplantation: metal versus plastic stent.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):728-734. Epub 2018 Jul 20.

Gastroenterology Unit, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Foggia, Italy (Antonio Facciorusso; Nicola Muscatiello).

Background: Post-transplant anastomotic biliary strictures remain refractory to endoscopic therapy in a considerable number of cases. The aim of this meta-analysis was to compare fully-covered self-expandable metal and plastic stents in the management of post-transplant biliary strictures.

Methods: A meta-analysis was performed using a random effects model; results were expressed as odds ratio (OR) and mean standardized difference. Read More

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July 2018
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Liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma with live donors or extended criteria donors: a propensity score-matched comparison.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):722-727. Epub 2018 Jul 27.

Department of Mathematics and Technology, Koblenz University of Applied Science, Remagen, Germany (Markus Neuhäuser).

Background: To compare patient survival after liver transplantation (LT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) from live donors (LD) or extended criteria donors (ECD).

Methods: Data from consecutive LT procedures for HCC involving either LD or ECD were reviewed. Patient survival was our primary outcome. Read More

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July 2018
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A genotype-specific baseline score predicts post-treatment response to peginterferon alfa-2a in hepatitis B e antigen-negative chronic hepatitis B.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):712-721. Epub 2018 Jul 26.

Department of Gastroenterology, Medical School of National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Laiko General Hospital, Athens, Greece (George V. Papatheodoridis).

Background: Peginterferon alfa-2a induces durable responses in some hepatitis B e antigen-negative patients, but robust pretreatment predictors are not available to identify likely responders. In this study we aimed to develop genotype-specific baseline scoring systems to predict response.

Methods: Data from 323 hepatitis B e antigen-negative peginterferon alfa-2a recipients from three studies were analyzed. Read More

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July 2018
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Interleukin-17A and B-cell activating factor in chronic hepatitis C patients with or without asymptomatic mixed cryoglobulinemia: effects of antiviral treatment and correlations with vitamin D.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):705-711. Epub 2018 Sep 14.

2nd Department of Internal Medicine and Research Laboratory, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens, Greece.

Background: Several studies have provided conflicting results regarding the immune responses in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients with mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC). The importance of B-cell activating factor (BAFF) in MC has been described, but the role of interleukin (IL)-17A is less clear.

Methods: Serum concentrations of IL-17A, BAFF and 25-OH vitamin D were measured in CHC patients at baseline, end of treatment, and 6 months post-treatment with pegylated interferon-α and ribavirin, versus 12 healthy controls. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6191865PMC
September 2018
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Panitumumab in combination with modified docetaxel/cisplatin/5-fluorouracil as first-line treatment in gastric and gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinomas: a multicenter phase II study by the Hellenic Oncology Research Group.

Ann Gastroenterol 2018 Nov-Dec;31(6):698-704. Epub 2018 Sep 14.

Hellenic Oncology Research Group, Athens, Greece.

Background: A phase I/II study to define the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of biweekly docetaxel/cisplatin/5-fluorouracil (DCF) plus panitumumab (P), its efficacy, and tolerability as first-line treatment in advanced gastroesophageal cancer.

Methods: In phase I part, patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic adenocarcinomas of the stomach or the gastroesophageal junction received cisplatin (40 mg/m on day 1), leucovorin (400 mg/m on day 1), 5-fluorouracil (400 mg/m bolus on day 1), 5-fluorouracil (1000 mg/m/daycontinuous infusion on days 1-2), and escalated doses of docetaxel (on day 1) plus P (6 mg/kg on day 1) every 2 weeks. In phase II part, patients were treated with DCF/P at the MTD and the primary endpoint was response rate. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6191861PMC
September 2018
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