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The possible role of Saccharomyces boulardii, a nonpathogenic yeast with beneficial effects on the human intestine, in the maintenance treatment of Crohn’s disease has been evaluated. Thirty-two patients with Crohn’s disease in clinical remission (CDAI < 150) were randomly treated for six months with either mesalamine 1 g three times a day or mesalamine 1 g(More)
OBJECTIVES Alterations in mucin (MUC) glycosylation and expression have been described in cancer. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) can provide material for molecular biology analysis. This study assessed the feasibility of evaluating MUC expression from material obtained by EUS-FNA and studied the profile of MUC expression in(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic Ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspiration (EUS-FNA) is effective for obtaining biopsy specimens from pancreatic lesions. AIM To determine the frequency and severity of complications after EUS-FNA of solid and cystic pancreatic lesions in a single centre large series of patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS From January 2005 to December(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM The presence of on-site cytopathologists improves the diagnostic yield of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) of pancreatic masses; however, on-site cytopathologists are not available to all endoscopic units. We hypothesized that experienced cytotechnicians can accurately assess whether an on-site pancreatic mass(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Several diagnostic tests are available for evaluating Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection: histological examination, culture of gastric biopsy specimens, rapid urease test, urea breath test and serology. A recently marketed direct enzyme immunoassay (HpSA) detects Hp antigen in stool samples. The aim of our study was to evaluate overall(More)
AIM To compare the sensitivity and specificity of two imaging techniques, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in patients with rectal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy. And we compared EUS and MRI data with histological findings from surgical specimens. METHODS Thirty-nine consecutive patients (51.3% Male; mean(More)
We studied a new enteric-coated pancreatic extract with very high lipase content in 12 patients with steatorrhea due to chronic pancreatitis. Fecal fat was measured under standard dietary conditions (100 g lipid/day) with no enzyme supplementation and during treatment with 75,000, 150,000, or 225,000 IU of lipase per day. The median fecal fat output (g/day)(More)
OBJECTIVE Limited attention has been focused on the medical treatment of bowel endometriosis. This study evaluates the efficacy of administration of a continuous low-dose oral contraceptive in treating pain and other symptoms associated with colorectal endometriotic nodules, as evaluated by rectal endoscopic ultrasonography. DESIGN Prospective(More)