Christopher J. Barde

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Gastric antral web, also called antral diaphragm, is a rare cause of gastric-outlet obstruction. First described by Touroff et al. in 1940 [1], gastric antral web (GAW) or gastric antral diaphragm is a relatively rare and controversial entity. Both congenital and acquired etiologies have been postulated for this lesion in adults. The congenital theory(More)
BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) is a common cause of mortality and morbidity in hospitalized patients. Some case reports have implicated renal failure as a risk factor for CDAD. The aim of this study was to assess whether chronic renal insufficiency is a risk factor for CDAD and whether it increases mortality and morbidity. (More)
Mild hypokalemia is common and encountered in a multitude of diseases, but severe hypokalemia leading to rhabdomyolysis is relatively rare. The watery diarrhea, hypokalemia, achlorhydria (WDHA) syndrome caused by vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP)-producing tumors, is an extremely rare cause of hypokalemic rhabdomyolysis and the literature is limited(More)
Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) of the upper gastrointestinal tract without extensive cutaneous disease is uncommon and usually asymptomatic. Herein, the case of a 37-year-old man who presented with iron deficiency anemia is reported. A colonoscopy was unremarkable and upper endoscopy revealed multiple raised, hemorrhagic, plaque-like lesions throughout the stomach(More)
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is now the gold standard for the treatment of symptomatic cholelithiasis. Portal venous thrombosis after laparoscopic cholecystectomy is rare. We report a case of thrombosis of the portal venous system after laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a patient with a latent prothrombin gene mutation. An abdominal computed tomography and(More)
Histoplasmosis is endemic to the midwestern and east central states in the United States near the Mississippi and the Ohio River valleys. Ninety-nine percent of patients exposed to histoplasmosis develop only subclinical infection. Liver involvement as a part of disseminated histoplasmosis is well known; however, isolated hepatic histoplasmosis without any(More)
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) consists of the pentad of thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia, fever, neurologic abnormalities, and renal disease. We present a case report of acute TTP following a bout of ischemic colitis. This report reminds the clinician that ischemic colitis can be an atypical presentation of TTP. The prompt recognition and(More)