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BACKGROUND The frequency of small-bowel mucosal changes in patients with portal hypertension is not known. The objective of the study is to better define the mucosal abnormalities of portal hypertensive enteropathy (PHE) and to determine whether these findings are associated with the severity of liver disease, esophageal varices, portal gastropathy, portal(More)
BACKGROUND Palliation of patients with malignant hilar stenoses, especially advanced lesions, by stent insertion poses particular difficulties. This study assessed the efficacy of endoscopically inserted unilateral metallic stents for complex malignant hilar obstruction. METHODS A prospective, uncontrolled, single-center study was conducted by using a(More)
AIM Endoscopic stent insertion has become the preferred method for palliation of malignant biliary obstruction. Currently, endoscopic stent placement involves the use of contrast media and radiological equipment to achieve direct opacification of the biliary duct systems, and to determine the location and the extension of biliary obstruction. This report(More)
BACKGROUND Because capsule endoscopy is a relatively new technique, the indications, the contraindications, and the complications of the procedure have not been fully delineated. The present study was undertaken to determine the utility and the safety of capsule endoscopy in patients who have undergone small-bowel resection. METHODS Ten patients (mean age(More)
Dieulafoy's lesion is an unusual cause of recurrent GI bleeding. This report describes a case of actively bleeding Dieulafoy's lesion of the small bowel in which the diagnosis was made by capsule endoscopy, followed by treatment with the use of push enteroscopy. The case illustrates that capsule endoscopy and enteroscopy are highly complementary in patients(More)
We present a new combination of transabdominal ultrasound (US) and biliary endoscopy, with endoscopic stent placement carried out under US guidance. Four patients (two men, two women; average age 66.2 years) underwent US-guided stent placement for palliation of ampullary carcinoma (n = 3) or pancreatic cancer (n = 1). A guide wire and a guiding catheter(More)