John Afshin Kasher

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BACKGROUND Fully covered self-expandable metal stents (FCSEMSs) have been used for palliation of both malignant and benign biliary strictures. Limited data are available about safety and outcome of endoscopic removal of these stents. OBJECTIVE To evaluate safety and efficacy of endoscopic removal of FCSEMSs. DESIGN Retrospective review of patients who(More)
Tetanus after hemorrhoidal banding is an extremely rare but serious complication of the procedure. We describe the second reported case of this complication and review the literature concerning tetanus after different gastrointestinal procedures. Although a rare complication, practicing physicians need to be aware of the clinical presentation of this deadly(More)
The cause of peptic ulcers that are negative for Helicobacter pylori or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug/aspirin use is an area of immense interest. We report here, for the first time, a case report of a young female who developed reflux-like symptoms and multiple ulcers as a result of herbal treatment with turmeric for osteoarthritis. With the current(More)
Aortic dissection is a relatively uncommon but catastrophic illness classically thought to present with acute, sharp, chest pain with radiation to the back. However, aortic dissection can manifest in a number of different ways that include congestive heart failure, inferior myocardial infarction, stroke, focal pulse and neurologic deficits, abdominal pain,(More)
BACKGROUND Aortic graft-colonic fistulae are a rare complication of aortic reconstructive surgery. METHODS AND FINDINGS A comprehensive review of this entity was performed based on the available literature from 1950 until 2006. Available reports were analyzed with respect to demographics, prior surgical intervention and its indication, prosthetic material(More)
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