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BACKGROUND AND AIM  Stricture is a complication that may occur after endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) of gastric neoplasms. The goal of the present study was to investigate the incidence, risk factors and management of gastric stricture after ESD. METHODS The medical records of 308 patients who underwent ESD for gastric neoplasms were reviewed.(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Azathioprine (AZA) is associated with a high frequency of adverse reactions. We examined polymorphism of the thiopurine S-methyltransferase (TPMT) gene to determine whether the TPMT genotype would be a predictive marker for the development of adverse reactions to AZA. METHODS The frequency of TPMT mutations was investigated in 147(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Most studies have not reported an improvement in the detection of adenomas with the use of image-enhanced colonoscopy methods, possibly because of the darkness of the images. To overcome this limitation, a new-generation endoscopic system has been developed. This system has 2 blue-laser imaging (BLI) observation modes. The BLI(More)
One of the problems associated with infliximab (IFX) treatment for Crohn’s disease (CD) is loss of response during maintenance therapy. The aim of this multicenter, retrospective, cohort study was to determine whether enteral nutrition (EN) added to the IFX therapy regimen is effective for maintaining remission in adult CD patients. Patients with CD who had(More)
A 73-year-old man was admitted to a hospital with a complaint of epigastralgia and for evaluation of liver dysfunction. After hospitalization, he experienced disturbance of consciousness with septic shock, and was then transferred to our hospital. Computed tomography revealed dilatation of the intrahepatic bile duct and tumor of the middle bile duct. We(More)
Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a recognized treatment for early gastric cancer and is beneficial for patients because of its low level of invasiveness [1–3]. A one-piece resection is considered to be the gold standard of EMR, as it provides an accurate histological assessment and reduces the risk of local recurrence [1–3]. However, it is difficult to(More)
The term "ectopic varices" is used to describe dilated portosystemic collateral veins in unusual locations other than the gastroesophageal region. We recently experienced a rare case of ectopic varices that developed in the gastroduodenal anastomosis after subtotal gastrectomy. A 70-year-old male with liver cirrhosis due to hepatitis C virus infection was(More)
Primary squamous cell carcinoma is rarely observed, with a reported incidence of 0.04-0.07 % of all gastric cancers. An 81-year-old male underwent chemoradiotherapy for type 1 gastric cancer of the posterior wall of the cardiac region in 2005. The tumor disappeared after 1 year of therapy, following which an area of white epithelium, approximately 30 mm in(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Capsule endoscopy (CE) is effective in the detection of small bowel lesions. Many studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of preparations in improving diagnostic yield, but an effective method has yet to be confirmed. We used magnesium citrate as preparation for CE and evaluated its effectiveness. METHODS 50 patients who(More)
The presence of a white opaque substance (WOS) on magnifying endoscopy (ME) with narrow-band imaging (NBI) has been reported for gastric epithelial neoplasms, but the presence of WOS in colorectal epithelial neoplasms has not been investigated. The purpose of this study was to determine whether WOS is present in colorectal epithelial neoplasms and to(More)