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BACKGROUND It is not known whether antireflux surgery is more effective than medical therapy to control respiratory symptoms (RS) in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). METHODS In 21 GERD patients with RS, reflux was assessed by endoscopy, manometry, and pH monitoring. Patients had proton pump inhibitor therapy and cisapride for 6 months. After GERD(More)
Medical and surgical treatments are able to improve symptoms in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome in GERD patients without therapy, under continuous medical treatment, and after laparoscopic antireflux surgery. Five hundred seventy-nine consecutive patients underwent medical or surgical(More)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common disease of the upper gastrointestinal tract. With the introduction of proton pump inhibitors medical treatment of GERD has been significantly improved. However, the development of laparoscopic antireflux surgery resulted in an increasing interest of surgeons in this disease. An interactive meeting(More)
Two sisters with Laurence-Bardet-Biedl-Moon syndrome were observed. This consists of mental retardation, pigmented retinopathy, polydactyly, obesity and hypogenitalism. Both had carcinoma of the endometrium shortly after age 40. The question is raised whether factors in this syndrome predispose to carcinoma of the endometrium.
The Dieulafoy lesion is a rare cause of severe gastrointestinal hemorrhage. The lesion is usually located in the stomach, although it may occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract. We describe four patients with extragastric Dieulafoy's disease, in the duodenum (one), the proximal jejunum (two), and the left hemicolon (one). Diagnosis was made by(More)
The "exulceratio simplex Dieulafoy" is an uncommon and dangerous cause of upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. In all patients admitted to our hospital with signs of acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage in whom Dieulafoy's disease was diagnosed at emergency endoscopy, an attempt was made to stop the bleeding or to prevent further hemorrhage by local injection of(More)
Little is known about the differences in mortality among non-institutionalized geriatric and younger patients with schizophrenia. In this study long-term mortality and suicidal behavior of all the geriatric (age > or = 65 years), middle-age (age 41-64 years), and young (age 15-40 years) subjects with schizophrenia living in a Chinese rural community were(More)
BACKGROUND Experience with laparoscopic antireflux surgery (LARS) in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and manometrically intact lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is limited. The disease pattern may be different and LARS may fail to control reflux or result in higher rates of dysphagia. This is the first study investigating the impact of(More)
Medical and surgical treatment are able to improve symptoms in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome following laparoscopic antireflux surgery in GERD patients with primary respiratory-related symptoms and to investigate the quality of life index before and after therapy. Three hundred(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF) has evolved as a gold standard in antireflux surgery. However, the association between body weight and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is still unclear, and no data are available concerning the effect of fundoplication on body weight. We present the first report elucidating the impact of LNF on body(More)