Irena Hrstić

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BACKGROUND Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the gastrointestinal tract with variations in localization and behaviour. Mutations in the NOD2/CARD15 gene on chromosome 16q have been implicated in the pathogenesis of the disease and three main sequence variants, all single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), have been identified in North(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Endoscopic screening of the colon with available instruments requires considerable training, is often painful, and carries a risk of perforation. New instrument platforms for endoscopic screening could be useful. The aim of this study was to evaluate the extent of colonic intubation by using a novel self-propelled, self-navigating(More)
Gastrointestinal duplications are an uncommon congenital abnormality that manifest before the age of two in 80% of cases. Ileal duplication is the most common while colonic duplication, either cystic or tubular, occurs in 10%-15% of cases and remains asymptomatic and undiagnosed in most cases. Mostly occurring in pediatric patients, colonic duplication is(More)
The relationship between the complexity of the hypervariable region 1 (HVR1) quasispecies of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and responsiveness to interferon-alpha (IFN) therapy was studied in patients with chronic hepatitis C. Twelve HCV-RNA-positive patients were treated daily with high dose IFN and ribavirin for 4 weeks, and then with IFN 3 MIU (Million(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a dynamic process during which viral genetic variants continuously develop as a result of the virus adaptation to the host's immune system. The level of viremia and the complexity of the hypervariable region 1 (HVR 1) quasispecies of hepatitis C virus during antiviral therapy reflect the dynamic balance(More)
OBJECTIVES Currently, magnetic resonance cholangiography is being used for establishing the diagnosis of primary sclerosing cholangitis, whereas endoscopic retrograde cholangiography is reserved for therapeutic interventions. The aim of this study was to determine the role of endoscopic ultrasound elastography in the detection of inflammatory and fibrotic(More)
Portal or/and mesenteric vein thrombosis is a rare condition with high mortality in an acute form. Therapy of thrombosis is not well defined, although there are some general guidelines that differ according to disease onset and clinical presentation. In acute thrombosis with bowel infarction, surgical resection with possible thrombolysis is advised. The(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a frequent complication among long-term dialysis patients. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and side effects of pegylated interferon-α(2a) (PEG-IFN-α(2a)) treatment in hemodialysis patients. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed charts of 16 HCV-RNA-positive hemodialysis(More)
We report the case of a 45-year old man with non-healing ulcers located on his chest, lumbal, sacral, retroauricular areas and forehead. Both clinical and histopathological examinations suggested pyoderma gangrenosum (PG). For six months the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis was established. PG in our patient was presented as a rapidly enlarging, painful(More)