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BACKGROUND Screening individuals at increased risk for pancreatic cancer (PC) detects early, potentially curable, pancreatic neoplasia. OBJECTIVE To develop consortium statements on screening, surveillance and management of high-risk individuals with an inherited predisposition to PC. METHODS A 49-expert multidisciplinary international consortium met to(More)
BACKGROUND Five cases of transfusion transmission of hepatitis E virus (HEV) have been reported so far. The infection routes of the causative donors remain unclear, however. Also, the progress of virus markers in the entire course of HEV infection has not been well documented. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Nucleic acid testing was performed by real-time(More)
Hilar cholangiocarcinomas grow slowly, and metastases occur late in the natural history. Surgical cure and long-term survival have been demonstrated, when resection margins are clear. Preoperative biliary drainage has been proposed as a way to improve liver function before surgery, and to reduce post-surgical complications. Percutaneous transhepatic biliary(More)
We previously developed an immunotherapy treatment utilizing a cancer vaccine reagent KIF20A-66 in order to treat pancreatic cancer. KIF20A-66 is HLA-A24-restricted epitope peptide derived from KIF20A, a member of kinesin super family protein 20A that is significantly transactivated in pancreatic cancer. In this report, we further demonstrated(More)
AIM To evaluate the feasibility of the real-time virtual needle tracking system for percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS An electromagnetic field created by an ultrasound (US) machine detected the tracking bracket mounted onto the RFA needle. When the needle tip was confirmed to be in the accurate plane(More)
We describe a case of mucin-secreting biliary adenoma associated with obstructive jaundice due to mucin production. Duodenal endoscopy revealed mucin secretion through an enlarged papilla of Vater. On the cholangiogram, large filling defects caused by mucin were observed in the dilated bile duct. Granular and/or papillary mucosa was noted from the hilar to(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Pancreatitis is the most common and potentially serious complication of post-endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP) is caused mostly by postprocedural papillary edema and retention of pancreatic juice. We conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether placement of a temporary-type,(More)
Familial pancreatic cancer (FPC) is broadly defined as two first-degree-relatives with pancreatic cancer (PC) and accounts for 4%-10% of PC. Several genetic syndromes, including Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, hereditary pancreatitis, hereditary breast-ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC), Lynch syndrome, and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), also have increased(More)
PURPOSE To retrospectively determine whether enhancement patterns in the pancreatic and equilibrium phases of computed tomography (CT) for pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms are related to prognostic factors of surgical and endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy specimens. METHODS Twenty-five pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms in 22(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic papillary balloon dilatation may be an alternative to endoscopic sphincterotomy in the treatment of bile duct stones. However, there is a controversy as to the effectiveness and safety of endoscopic papillary balloon dilatation. METHODS Two hundred eighty-two patients with bile duct stones were enrolled and randomized to an(More)