Hack Jae Kim

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BACKGROUND & AIMS A serotonin (5-HT)(3) receptor antagonist relieves symptoms in women with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (D-IBS). 5-HT undergoes reuptake by a transporter protein (SERT). Polymorphisms in the promoter for synthesis of SERT (SERT-P) influence response to serotonergic medications in depression. Our hypothesis is that(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Yearly surveillance endoscopy is carried out for Barrett's esophagus with low-grade dysplasia (LGD) so that progression to high-grade dysplasia and adenocarcinoma can be detected at the earliest stage. The aim of the study was to assess the long-term safety and effectiveness of circumferential ablation followed by focal ablation(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of the alpha-2 adrenoreceptor agonist, clonidine, in patients with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (D-IBS) in a double-blind, randomized, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial. METHODS A 2-week run-in evaluated baseline symptoms. Patients received 0.05,(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS GNbeta3 influences G-protein translation of a majority of ligand-receptor activations. It has been reported that functional dyspepsia (FD) is associated with homozygous genotypes of the C825T polymorphism in the GNbeta3 gene. It is unknown whether the GNbeta3 genotype is associated with lower functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID).(More)
OBJECTIVES Obesity has been associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) but the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and esophageal acid exposure remains poorly understood. We hypothesized that overweight (OW) and obese (OB) patients with GER symptoms would have a higher degree of esophageal acid exposure than with normal weight (NW)(More)
Resistant benign esophageal strictures can have a negative impact on patients’ quality of life. A portion of these patients require frequent physician performed dilations, leading to numerous interactions with their attendant inconvenience and sense of dependence. This study demonstrates the efficacy, safety and effect on quality of life of this(More)
Noninvasive imaging has been developed to measure gastric volumes. The relationship between gastric emptying and volume postprandially is unclear. The aims were to 1) develop a 3-dimensional (3D) single photon emission-computed tomography (SPECT) method to simultaneously measure gastric volume and emptying postprandially, 2) describe the course of gastric(More)
AIMS To evaluate the variation in tolerance to wireless pH-metry compared with catheter-based pH-metry, and to determine clinical characteristics that might predict reduced tolerance to wireless pH-metry. METHODS Consecutive outpatients (n=341) completing wireless (n=234) or catheter-based pH-metry (n=106) were evaluated. All patients completed the(More)
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