H. Kuenzli

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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Endoscopic drainage [i.e. conventional, endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS)-assisted, or EUS-guided] is an accepted treatment modality for symptomatic peripancreatic fluid collections (PFC), but data on the efficacy and safety of EUS-guided drainage performed in a large patient cohort are not widely available. Our aim was to evaluate(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Early esophageal squamous cell neoplasia (ESCN) can be successfully treated by EMR, endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), or radiofrequency ablation. A new portable, battery-powered cryotherapy system using nitrous oxide (cryoballoon focal ablation system [CbFAS]) has been used for Barrett's esophagus. It consists of a small hand-held(More)
Esophagectomy for submucosal (T1b) esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) is performed in order to optimize patient outcomes given the risk of concurrent lymph node metastases (LNM). However, not seldom, comorbidity precludes these patients from surgery. Therefore, the aim of our study was to assess the course of follow-up after treatment in submucosal EAC(More)
High-risk submucosal esophageal adenocarcinoma's might be treated curatively by means of radical endoscopic resection, followed by thoracolaparoscopic lymphadenectomy without concomitant esophagectomy. A preclinical study has shown the feasibility and safety of this approach; however, no studies are performed in a clinical setting. In addition, sentinel(More)
High-risk early esophageal adenocarcinoma (i.e. submucosal invasion >500 nm, poor differentiation, and/or presence of lymphovascular invasion) is currently treated with esophagectomy with lymph node (LN) dissection given the high rates of LN metastases. However, esophagectomy is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Endoscopic radical(More)
Endoscopic resection is an accepted treatment modality for early esophageal neoplasia [1–3]. In patients with esophageal varices, however, endotherapy is contraindicated, although those patients are also precluded from esophagectomy. In patient 1 (a 66-year-old man), upper endoscopy showed esophageal varices (grade II– III) and a long Barrett’s segment(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The standard protocol for focal radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of Barrett's esophagus comprises two applications of radiofrequency energy, cleaning of the ablated areas and catheter, and two further applications (2 × 15 J/cm(2) - cleaning - 2 × 15 J/cm(2)). A simplified protocol (3 × 15 J/cm(2), no cleaning) proved noninferior to(More)
Background and study aim Cryoablation can be used for the treatment of Barrett's esophagus (BE). A recent dosimetry study, using the CryoBalloon Focal Ablation System (CryoBalloon), demonstrated that 10-second ablations result in complete eradication of BE. However, the efficacy of 10-second ablation in a larger cohort of patients has not been investigated,(More)
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