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BACKGROUND & AIMS Paracentesis associated with plasma expanders is widely used for the treatment of ascites in cirrhosis. This study investigated the clinical importance of paracentesis-induced-circulatory dysfunction and compared the efficacy of albumin, dextran 70, and polygeline in preventing this complication. METHODS A total of 289 cirrhotic patients(More)
BACKGROUND Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection has been reported in ulcerative colitis (UC), especially in severe, steroid-refractory disease. However, its role in steroid-refractoriness remains unknown. Our goals were to evaluate the prevalence of CMV disease in UC, the best diagnostic strategy, and the influence of disease activity and/or treatment in its(More)
J.F. Rahier ⁎, S. Ben-Horin, Y. Chowers, C. Conlon, P. De Munter, G. D'Haens, E. Domènech, R. Eliakim, A. Eser, J. Frater, M. Gassull, M. Giladi, A. Kaser, M. Lémann, T. Moreels, A. Moschen, R. Pollok, W. Reinisch, M. Schunter, E.F. Stange, H. Tilg, G. Van Assche, N. Viget, B. Vucelic, A. Walsh, G. Weiss, Y. Yazdanpanah, Y. Zabana, S.P.L. Travis, J.F.(More)
BACKGROUND Uncontrolled studies suggest that granulocyteaphaeresis might be useful in the management of active ulcerative colitis. AIM To assess the efficacy of granulocyteaphaeresis treatment in active steroid-dependent inflammatory bowel disease. METHODS We conducted a multicentre, prospective, open, pilot study in patients with steroid-dependent(More)
OBJECTIVE To collect data on hospitalization for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections and presumptive risk factors for rehospitalization among premature infants in Spain. DESIGN Observational, prospective, longitudinal, multicenter study. SETTING Fourteen Spanish neonatal units with an annual birth cohort of 57,000 infants. PATIENTS All(More)
BACKGROUND There is no information about the frequency of liver dysfunction in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treated with immunosuppressants and infected with hepatitis B (HBV) and/or C virus (HCV). AIM To assess the influence of immunosuppressants on the course of HBV and HCV infection in IBD. METHODS Patients with IBD with HBV and/or(More)
UNLABELLED To compare the relative efficacy of oral sucrose versus EMLA cream for pain relief during venepuncture, 51 full-term newborns (38M, 13F; postnatal age <4 d) in a stable condition were randomly allocated to one of four treatment groups: placebo (2 ml spring water); 2 ml sucrose 24% w/v; 1 g lidocaine-prilocaine 5% cream (EMLA); or EMLA plus(More)
Endoscopic snare papillectomy is increasingly performed with curative intent for benign papillary tumors. This study aimed to evaluate the outcome of endoscopic resection for ampullary tumors at a single center. All ampullary tumors without macroscopic features of malignancy identified by the endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) from(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To propose a classification schema to describe periampullary duodenal diverticula (PDD) found at endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and to study the characteristics of these diverticula. MATERIALS AND METHODS Among 400 consecutive patients in whom an ERCP was performed, PDD were present in 131 (32.8%), being these(More)
Besides their possible effects on the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), some environmental factors can modulate the clinical course of both ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD). This review is mainly devoted to describing the current knowledge of the impact of some of these factors on the outcome of IBD, with special emphasis on(More)