Athanasios Beltsis

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BACKGROUND Pancreatitis is the most common major complication of diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP. Allopurinol, a xanthine oxidase inhibitor that blocks generation of oxygen-derived free radicals, potentially may prevent post-ERCP pancreatitis. This study assessed the efficacy of high-dose oral allopurinol for prevention of post-ERCP pancreatitis. METHODS(More)
AIM Although most patients with achalasia respond to pneumatic dilation, one-third experienced recurrence, and prolonged follow-up studies on parameters associated with various outcomes are scanty. In this retrospective study, we reported a 15-years' experience with pneumatic dilation treatment in patients with primary achalasia, and determined whether(More)
Adenomas of the duodenal papilla are rare. Because of their malignant potential, resection is mandatory. Options for resection include endoscopic resection techniques, transduodenal local excision, and pancreaticoduodenectomy. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the safety and outcome of endoscopic snare resection of papillary adenomas in a(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Results from studies evaluating needle-knife papillotomy are conflicting. The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the safety and efficacy of needle-knife papillotomy as a precut procedure to achieve biliary access during ERCP. METHODOLOGY During a period of seven years, ERCP was performed 938 times. During this time, needle-knife(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Pancreatitis is the most common complication of therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and many pharmacoprophylactic approaches have been suggested, though not without controversy. The aim was to investigate the impact of combined therapy with diclofenac plus somatostatin on reducing the frequency and(More)
BACKGROUND Therapeutic ERCP has an established role in the treatment of pancreatobiliary diseases, but little information is available on the outcomes of this procedure in patients 90 years of age and older. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy and the safety of therapeutic ERCP in an extremely elderly cohort. DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Two(More)
BACKGROUND Acute pancreatitis remains the most common complication of ERCP. Prophylactic administration of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) probably decreases the incidence and the severity of experimental pancreatitis. The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy of intravenous NAC for prevention of post-ERCP pancreatitis in humans, who represent an(More)
Endoscopic polypectomy is at the forefront of colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention. However, endoscopic polypectomy is not completely free of complications, with bleeding being one of the most common complications encountered. In view of the ongoing campaign to introduce colorectal cancer screening to the population, addressing the issue of colonoscopic(More)
AIM To compare diverse endoscopic interventions in the management of occluded uncovered self-expanding metal stents (SEMSs) that had been placed for palliative treatment of unresectable malignant biliary obstruction. METHODS A retrospective review was undertaken in 4 tertiary endoscopic centers to determine optimal management of different types of(More)
PURPOSE Before endoscopic mucosal resection of large sessile colorectal polyps, injection of solution into submucosa cushions and isolates the tumor, although there is little information as to which solution with optimal effect should be used. This study investigated the effectiveness of endoscopic mucosal resection by use of a hypertonic dextrose plus(More)