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BACKGROUND/AIMS There is some controversy regarding whether or not hepatitis C virus (HCV) subtype 1b is more influential than non-1b subtypes on the progression of chronic hepatitis (CH) C to liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS We retrospectively analyzed 823 patients with chronic HCV infection, including 443 CH patients, 264(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Cholecystectomy is necessary for the treatment of symptomatic or complicated gallbladder (GB) stones, but oral litholysis with bile acids is an attractive alternative therapeutic option for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of magnesium trihydrate of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Interferon-based treatment is not appropriate for a large number of patients with chronic hepatitis C for various medical and social reasons. Newly developed directly acting antivirals (DAAs) have been used to treat chronic hepatitis C without severe adverse effects and have achieved a sustained viral response (SVR) rate of 80-90% with short(More)
For diagnosis and treatment of pancreatobiliary diseases, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is useful method nowadays and its technically success rate is usually in about 90%-95% of patients with normal gastric and pancreaticobiliary anatomy. Recently ERCP is significantly challenging after intestinal reconstruction, particularly in(More)
Acute cholangitis and biliary pancreatitis caused by bile duct stones are not infrequently develop during pregnancy, they can cause serious complications and wastage for both mother and fetus. 1 For pancreaticobiliary diseases in pregnancy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) has been suggested as an effective alternative to surgery. 2(More)
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