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BACKGROUND/AIMS Lipiodol chemoembolization is a widely used method of treatment in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma, but its efficacy is still debated. The aim of our study was to assess the efficacy of lipiodol chemoembolization in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS Seventy-three patients with unresectable(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The mortality rate from upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) remains high, at 5 % - 10 %. The aim of the current study was to describe the epidemiological characteristics, prognostic factors, and actual practice in a cohort of patients with UGIB admitted to French general hospitals. METHODS From March 2005 to February 2006, a(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The purpose of this study was to describe the real-life conditions of use, efficacy, safety, and acceptability of sodium phosphate (NaP) tablets for colon cleansing in routine medical practice in France. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 996 patients undergoing bowel preparation were enrolled by 108 gastroenterologists in this(More)
UNLABELLED We conducted a national retrospective survey on hospital practitioners to evaluate the magnitude of erythropoietin (EPO) or granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) prescriptions in patients treated for chronic hepatitis C. Four hundred seventy-one questionnaires were sent, and 274 practitioners (58.2%) responded. Forty-six percent of(More)
Juxtapapillary diverticula are often associated with biliary lithiasis. The aim of this study was to compare the prevalence of juxtapapillary diverticula in choledocholithiasis and in cholecystolithiasis without common bile duct stones. The results of 520 consecutive retrograde cholangiographies were retrospectively analysed. The prevalence of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Upper-gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) in the elderly is associated with high morbidity and mortality. The aims of this study were to determine the prognostic factors of UGIB in a large cohort of elders. METHODS From March 2005 to February 2006, we conducted a prospective multicenter study in 53 French hospitals that consecutively(More)
Widespread use of echography and laparoscopic surgery has caused a revolution in the treatment of gallstones. The question now is which patients should be treated, and when and how? One clear answer concerns asymptomatic cases: no one. The only patients which might benefit from "prophylactic cholecystectomy" are potential graft recipients, although no(More)
BACKGROUND Patient acceptability of the preparation is a key factor in the success of colonoscopy, yet standard polyethylene glycol solutions are poorly tolerated owing to their high volume (4L) and low palatability. This study compared the efficacy, safety and acceptability of a 2L polyethylene glycol+ascorbate solution with a standard 4-L polyethylene(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Portosystemic shunting, whether surgical or transjugular intrahepatic, has been a cornerstone of therapy for Budd-Chiari syndrome. However, the long-term impact of shunt dysfunction remains unknown. We have assessed this long-term impact in patients with surgical shunting. METHODS Thirty-nine consecutive patients operated on between 1978(More)