Anna Tavakkoli

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BACKGROUND/AIMS Current therapy for gastroparesis with prokinetic agents is limited by options and side effects. One macrolide, erythromycin (ERY), is associated with possible sudden cardiac death from QT prolongation due to P450 iso-enzyme inhibition. An alternative, azithromycin (AZI), lacks P450 inhibition. We compared the effect on gastric emptying(More)
GOALS To determine whether patients with celiac disease (CD) and low vitamin D levels also have a higher prevalence of other autoimmune diseases (AD) as compared with patients with normal vitamin D levels. BACKGROUND Patients with CD carry a higher risk of other autoimmune disorders. Because of its immunoregulatory properties, vitamin D deficiency has(More)
Gastrointestinal symptoms that respond to the removal of wheat and/or gluten are becoming more common. Patients who avoid wheat and/or gluten (PWAWG) are a heterogeneous group and predominantly self-diagnosed prior to presenting for clinical evaluation. We characterized PWAWGs seen at a tertiary care referral center and compared them to patients with celiac(More)
BACKGROUND Use of e-mail among patients and physicians is limited by reservations over issues such as medicolegal aspects, reimbursement, and time-management. OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to identify the content of patient-related e-mails in an academic dermatology practice and determine whether clinical questions could be answered by e-mail. METHODS The(More)
AIM To determine whether an increased number and duration of non-acid reflux events as measured using the multichannel intraluminal impedance pH (MII-pH) is linked to gastroparesis (GP). METHODS A case control study was conducted in which 42 patients undergoing clinical evaluation for continued symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (both typical and(More)
Actively bleeding idiopathic vascular bleb found via double-balloon enteroscopy. A 72-year-old man was transferred to our institution for obscure overt gastrointestinal bleeding requiring over 30 units of packed red blood cells within 2 months and more than five endoscopic procedures. Push enteroscopy revealed submucosal blue structures, suggestive of small(More)
Philip S. Schoenfeld, Section Editor John Y. Kao, Section Editor 65 66 STAFF OF CONTRIBUTORS 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 Joseph Anderson, White River Junction, VT Johanna L. Chan, Houston, TX Matthew A. Ciorba, St. Louis, MO Massimo Colombo, Milan, Italy Gregory A. Cote, Charleston, SC Evan S. Dellon, Chapel Hill, NC Alex Ford, Leeds, United Kingdom Lauren(More)
Endoscopic experience is known to correlate with outcomes of endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), particularly complete resection of the polyp tissue. Whether specialist endoscopists can protect against incomplete polypectomy in the setting of known risk factors for incomplete resection (IR) is unknown. We aimed to characterize how specialist endoscopists(More)
Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disorder induced by the ingestion of gluten in genetically predisposed individuals who carry the HLA-DQ2 or DQ-8 alleles.1 This autoimmune disorder affects the small bowel and often produces symptoms of diarrhea, malabsorption, and extraintestinal symptoms.1 Although CD was once thought to be a disease manifesting during(More)
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