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The use of antibiotics in patients with cystic fibrosis is widespread, and fecal carriage of Clostridium difficile occurs in up to 50% of these patients; however, antibiotic-associated colitis appears to be a rare occurrence. The reasons why this is so remain unknown. A case of antibiotic-associated colitis occurring in a patient with cystic fibrosis is(More)
Considerable variability has been reported in the frequency and specificity of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody with a perinuclear staining pattern (pANCA) in patients with chronic liver disease, especially in primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), and in inflammatory bowel disease. This study examines the presence of pANCA in patients with these(More)
Collagenous colitis is a form of microscopic colitis that results in chronic watery diarrhea. The disorder predominantly affects middle-aged women, and its course tends to be benign. It is not thought to be a precursor of overt inflammatory bowel disease; however, apparent progression to ulcerative colitis has been reported on one previous occasion. We(More)
An association between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and multiple sclerosis (MS) has been described. The current study was undertaken to explore this association further. Personal records of patients with IBD and MS were reviewed. In addition, a search of medical records at a large tertiary teaching hospital in Sydney was carried out for the years(More)
Thirty-one patients were randomized during 39 episodes of bleeding to receive either 1 g of intravenous cefotaxime (19 patients) or no antibiotic (20 patients) immediately before emergency endoscopic sclerotherapy. Blood was obtained for culture before and at 5 minutes, 4 hours, and 24 hours after the procedure. Specimens for culture were taken from the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety, the quality and adequacy of specimens obtained and the cost benefits associated with performing liver biopsy out of hospital, on a short-stay basis, using radiological guidance. DESIGN AND SETTING A prospective study undertaken over a three-year period, from March 1998 to March 2001, in a private radiology practice.(More)
The cases of two fraternal sisters with symptomatic biliary obstruction due to adenomas of the ampulla of Vater are reported. Both sisters had autosomal dominant adult polycystic kidney disease. There are no previous reports of a familial occurrence of ampullary adenomas in the absence of familial adenomatous polyposis, nor has an association between(More)