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BACKGROUND & AIMS Persistent abdominal pain occurs in many patients after cholecystectomy, some of whom are described as having sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD). Pain in SOD type III is thought to be of biliary origin with little objective data, and treatment is often unsatisfactory. Chronic abdominal pain without a biological disease marker is similar(More)
BACKGROUND Nesfatin-1 is a recently discovered anorexigen encoded in the precursor peptide, nucleobindin-2 (NUCB2) in mammals. To date, nesfatin-1 has not been described in any non-mammalian species, although some information is available in the sequenced genomes of several species. Our objective was to characterize nesfatin-1 in fish. (More)
PURPOSE To evaluate treatment response to intravenous (IV) infliximab (IFX) as a first-line therapy in patients hospitalized for severe Crohn's disease and compare it with our earlier data using IV hydrocortisone. METHODS Seventeen cases received IFX (5 mg/kg) and were matched for the same goal of therapy to those who had received hydrocortisone (300(More)
To characterize and compare the anorectal manometric findings of men and women with idiopathic fecal incontinence referred to a tertiary care center for pelvic floor disorders, we reviewed 86 consecutive patients who underwent anorectal manometry during a 13-month period. We determined the etiologies of all patients and analyzed men and women with no(More)
Systemic delivery of leuprolide acetate, a luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist, was compared after inhalation (i.h.) and intranasal (i.n.) administration. The i.n. bioavailability in rats was significantly increased by α-cyclodextrin (CD), EDTA, and solution volume. Intraanimal variability was 30–60%, and absorption ranged from 8 to 46%(More)
OBJECTIVES Many patients with eating disorders complain of severe constipation. Previous studies have suggested that constipation in patients with anorexia nervosa may be associated with slow colonic transit. However, it is unclear whether a refeeding program will alter colonic transit in these patients. The aim of this study was to investigate colorectal(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the structure and function of the internal (IAS) and external (EAS) anal sphincters in anoreceptive homosexual men and to determine whether anoreceptive intercourse (ARI) is associated with a higher risk of incontinence in this population. METHODS We studied 14 anoreceptive homosexual males and 10 age-matched non-anoreceptive(More)
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