Douglas K. Pleskow

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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The AIM-II Trial included patients with nondysplastic Barrett's esophagus (NDBE) treated with radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Complete eradication of NDBE (complete response-intestinal metaplasia [CR-IM]) was achieved in 98.4 % of patients at 2.5 years. We report the proportion of patients demonstrating CR-IM at 5-year follow-up. (More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the dose-response, safety, and efficacy of circumferential endoscopic ablation of Barrett's esophagus (BE) by using an endoscopic balloon-based ablation device (HALO360 System). DESIGN This study was conducted in 2 serial phases (dosimetry phase and effectiveness phase) to evaluate a balloon-based ablation device that delivers a(More)
BACKGROUND For patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE), life-long surveillance endoscopy is recommended because of an elevated risk for developing dysplasia and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Various endoscopic therapies have been used to eradicate BE. Recently circumferential radiofrequency ablation has been used with encouraging short-term results. OBJECTIVE(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical implementation of cholangioscopy for direct visual examination of bile ducts, tissue sampling, and therapeutic maneuvers has been slowed by limitations in available technology. With 4-way deflected steering and dedicated irrigation channels, the single-operator SpyGlass peroral cholangiopancreatoscopy system is designed to overcome some(More)
BACKGROUND Fatty liver is associated with obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and the metabolic syndrome. The pathophysiology of fatty pancreas is poorly understood, but it may be closely related to fatty liver. OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to determine the prevalence of fatty pancreas and risk factors associated with its development. DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVES The removal of large bile duct stones (>12 mm) after endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) remains a challenging issue in therapeutic endoscopy. The aim of this prospective, randomized, controlled trial was to compare the effectiveness and complications of EST followed by large balloon dilation (LBD) with that of EST followed by mechanical lithotripsy(More)
The purpose of the present study was to assess the long-term safety and durability of effect for endoscopic full-thickness plication for the treatment of symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The Plicator (NDO Surgical, Inc., Mansfield, MA) used delivers a transmural suture through the gastric cardia to restructure the antireflux barrier.(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The accurate diagnosis of indeterminate pancreaticobiliary strictures presents a clinical dilemma. Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) offers real-time in vivo microscopic tissue examination that may increase sensitivity for the detection of malignancy. the objective of this study was to develop and validate a standard(More)
BACKGROUND Because of the low sensitivity of current ERCP-guided tissue sampling methods, management of patients with indeterminate pancreaticobiliary strictures is a challenge. Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) enables real-time microscopic visualization of strictures during an ongoing ERCP. OBJECTIVE To document the utility, performance,(More)
PURPOSE Patients with nonmetastatic locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer have a dismal prognosis. Conventional concurrent chemoradiotherapy requires 6 weeks of daily treatment and can be arduous. We explored the safety and effectiveness of a 3-day course of hypofractionated stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) followed by gemcitabine in this(More)