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The Multi-Society Task Force, in collaboration with invited experts, developed guidelines to assist health care providers with the appropriate provision of genetic testing and management of patients at risk for and affected with Lynch syndrome as follows: provides a colorectal cancer risk assessment tool to screen individuals in the office or endoscopy(More)
Several studies suggest veterans have a higher prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection than nonveterans, possibly because of military exposures. The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence of anti-hepatitis C antibody and evaluate factors associated with infection among users of Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. Using a(More)
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. 1 Colonoscopy can prevent CRC by the detection and removal of precan-cerous lesions. In addition to CRC screening and surveillance , colonoscopy is used widely for the diagnostic evaluation of symptoms and other positive CRC screening tests. Regardless of(More)
Endoscopy plays a major role in the management of foreign bodies and food impactions. Because of their frequent occurrence and potential for complications, it is important for the gastroenterology nurse and associate to gain an understanding of the incidence, diagnosis, and management of patients who present with ingested foreign bodies or food impaction.(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Although antireflux surgery is increasingly common, few studies have assessed the associated complications and health care use after surgery. The aim of this study was to estimate postoperative complications and continued use of antireflux medications and to identify predictors of complications. METHODS Through a review of the Department(More)
This is one of a series of statements discussing the use of GI endoscopy in common clinical situations. The Standards of Practice Committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) prepared this text. This guideline combines and updates 2 previously issued guidelines, ''Guideline on the management of antithrom-botic and antiplatelet(More)
OBJECTIVE Our aim was to identify predictors of colorectal cancer screening in the United States and subgroups with particularly low rates of screening. METHODS The responses to a telephone-administered questionnaire of a nationally representative sample of 61,068 persons aged >/=50 yr were analyzed. Current screening was defined as either(More)
This is one of a series of statements discussing the utilization of gastrointestinal endoscopy in common clinical situations. The Standards of Practice Committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy prepared this text. In preparing this guideline, a MEDLINE literature search was performed, and additional references were obtained from the(More)
Studies of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) therapy for chronic hepatitis C have focused on viral clearance; however, few have evaluated patient's health-related quality of life during therapy. This study evaluates health-related quality of life and the prevalence of anxiety and depression in patients with chronic hepatitis C before, during, and following(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe unplanned procedures following colorectal cancer surgery that might be used as intermediate outcome measures, and to determine their association with mortality and length of stay. SUMMARY BACKGROUND Variation in the quality of surgical care, especially for common illnesses like colorectal cancer, has received increasing attention.(More)