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OBJECTIVES The purpose of the trial was to determine whether a high-fiber diet (HFD) alone or in combination with paroxetine or placebo was effective treatment for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). METHODS DESIGN Trial of HFD alone (Group 1) followed by a randomized, double-blind trial of HFD with paroxetine or placebo (Group 2). SETTING(More)
Based on limited reports of the successful use of antibiotics in the treatment of Crohn's disease (CD) and on the possibility that intestinal bacteria may be one of the etiologic factors playing a role in the pathogenesis of this condition, we undertook a study to evaluate the use of a broad-spectrum antibiotic in CD. Our team studied the efficacy of adding(More)
BACKGROUND Measuring levels of 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) metabolites (6-thioguanine nucleotides [6-TGNs] and 6-methylmercaptopurine [6-MMP]) has been proposed as a method to adjust 6-MP dose to optimize therapeutic response while minimizing toxicity in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. A 6-TGN level of >230 pmol/8 x 108 red blood cells (RBCs) has been(More)
Thirty patients with psoriasis or other nonmalignant diseases had liver biopsies done before treatment with low-dose methotrexate, 15 mg/week, and then at one- to two-year intervals as long as they continued the methotrexate. All patients were symptomatically improved on this regimen. The 15 patients who had normal liver biopsies at the start of the study(More)
Esophageal atresia or tracheo-esophageal fistula (EA/TEF) often occurs in association with a well-defined group of other anomalies. We report the prevalence of malrotation and other intestinal anomalies in a large data series comprising 632 nontrisomic infants with EA/TEF ascertained by the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program from January 1, 1983 to(More)
Peliosis hepatis is a rare hepatic disorder mainly diagnosed at surgery or autopsy. Clinical outcome is thus frequently poor. We report a patient in whom the diagnosis was established by percutaneous needly biopsy. Withdrawal of the steroid medication was followed by a prompt clinical improvement. Although histologic proof of regression is not available,(More)