Donald A. Antonioli

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Specialised columnar epithelium (SCE), a form of intestinal metaplasia usually found in Barrett's oesophagus, cannot be distinguished endoscopically from normal gastric epithelium. Endoscopists seldom obtain biopsy specimens from a normal-appearing gastro-oesophageal junction, and therefore short segments of SCE in this region may go unrecognised. We(More)
The potential value of biopsy surveillance of patients with Barrett's esophagus for dysplasia is diminished by a lack of agreement on the diagnostic criteria for dysplasia. In a preliminary consensus conference, experienced gastrointestinal pathologists from four medical centers agreed on criteria for a five-tiered histologic classification of dysplasia in(More)
A distinctive type of multilayered epithelium (ME) has been described at the neo-squamocolumnar junction and within columnar mucosa in patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE). This epithelium has morphologic and ultrastructural features of both squamous and columnar epithelium. Multilayered epithelium may represent an early or intermediate stage of columnar(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The cell of origin for Barrett's epithelium is unknown. A multilayered epithelium within Barrett's epithelium has been noted recently. To investigate the hypothesis that this multilayered epithelium may be a transitional stage between squamous and Barrett's epithelium, cytokeratin immunocytochemistry was used to examine normal squamous,(More)
Objective:Periodic endoscopic surveillance is generally recommended for patients with Barrett's esophagus. The optimal follow-up strategy for uncomplicated Barrett's esophagus is controversial, in part because of limited data on the rate of neoplastic progression (through the sequence of metaplasia-dysplasia-carcinoma) during endoscopic surveillance. This(More)
Allergic proctocolitis is a major cause of rectal bleeding in infants, but its clinical features and laboratory results are often nonspecific. Our previous retrospective study demonstrated that large numbers of eosinophils in colonic mucosal biopsy specimens were highly associated with cases of allergic proctocolitis. Therefore, we prospectively examined 60(More)
OBJECTIVES:Scattered eosinophils in the distal esophagus traditionally provide the hallmark for peptic esophagitis, but the upper limit of eosinophils and the longitudinal extent of peptic inflammation along the esophagus are unknown. Recently, adults and children with upper intestinal symptoms and >20 eosinophils/high-power field (eos/HPF) have been given(More)
Inflammation of the gastric cardia, which is the most proximal portion of the stomach, in most instances is the result of either gastroesophageal reflux disease or H. pylori infection. Histologic distinction between these two entities is important because the treatment, natural history, and risk of malignancy are different. Moreover, multilayered(More)
A consecutive series of 50 adult patients was reviewed to evaluate the utility of endoscopic grasp biopsies of the esophagus in the diagnosis of reflux esophagitis. Endoscopic and histologic features were independently recorded and correlated. Measurements of basal zone thickness, papillary height, and vascular dilatation were possible in only 14% of the(More)