Jennifer Coppens

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Rare in the general population, gallstone ileus accounts for 25 per cent of nonstrangulated small bowel obstructions in patients over the age of 65. While mortality has declined over the years, it remains high at 12-17 per cent. This is largely due to the insidious symptoms making the diagnosis difficult and to the aged patient population, with frequent(More)
Morgagni hernia is considered to be the rarest form of all diaphragmatic hernias. It develops through a congenital defect in the retrosternal area. Usually asymptomatic, this entity can lead to life-threatening complications such as incarceration, strangulation or volvulus of the herniated viscus. We hereby report a rare case of organoaxial gastric volvulus(More)
Twenty-one adult patients with chronic hepatitis B and active viral replication as indicated by positivity for hepatitis B e antigen and hepatitis B virus DNA, with increased DNA polymerase levels for more than 6 months, were entered into a prospective trial of low-dose recombinant human alpha-interferon therapy. All patients were treated with 5 million(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES As a result of improved clinical and quality-of-life outcomes compared with conventional hemodialysis, interest in nocturnal home hemodialysis (NHD) has steadily increased in the past decade; however, little is known about the flow of patients through NHD programs or about patient-specific predictors of mortality or technique(More)
Contrast media related reactions are numerous and of variable gravity. We report a case of pulmonary edema related to the intravenous administration of contrast media. Cardiogenic and non cardiogenic pulmonary edema are pathophysiologic possibilities. High resolution CT findings associate patchy ground glass areas and smooth thickening of subpleural septa,(More)
We report the results of endoscopic photocoagulation in the treatment of villous adenomas of the rectum in 49 consecutive patients (26 males, and 23 females, mean age: 74 years). Twenty-six patients were treated with a high-power Nd-Yag laser (80 W/sec). After a mean of 3.4 laser sessions, all the small-sized adenomas (C1) and 88% of the intermediate-sized(More)