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BACKGROUND About half of Americans 50 to 75 years old do not follow recommended colorectal cancer (CRC) screening guidelines, leaving 40 million individuals unscreened. A simple blood test would increase screening compliance, promoting early detection and better patient outcomes. The objective of this study is to demonstrate the performance of an improved(More)
BACKGROUND Most patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer requiring neoadjuvant therapy have significant dysphagia. OBJECTIVE To report our experience in using a fully covered self-expandable metal stent (FCSEMS) to treat malignant dysphagia and for maintenance of nutritional support during neoadjuvant therapy. DESIGN Retrospective study. (More)
BACKGROUND Patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer who require neoadjuvant therapy have significant dysphagia. OBJECTIVES To prospectively evaluate Polyflex stents to treat malignant dysphagia and to ameliorate weight loss in patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer who will undergo neoadjuvant therapy. DESIGN A prospective(More)
BACKGROUND Nurse-administered propofol sedation (NAPS) is now in widespread use. The safety profile of NAPS for routine endoscopic procedures in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is unknown. AIMS To compare outcomes of patients with and without OSA undergoing routine endoscopic procedures with NAPS and standard conscious sedation (CS) with(More)
BACKGROUND Both gastroesophageal reflux disease and allergy/atopy have been implicated in the pathogenesis of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). There are no prospective studies comparing treatment of EoE with acid suppression versus topical corticosteroids. OBJECTIVE To determine the outcome of adult eosinophilic esophagitis patients treated with(More)
Feeding tube placement for enteral nutrition (EN) support is widely used in both critically ill and stable chronically ill patients who are unable to meet their nutrition needs orally. Nasal or oral feeding tubes can be performed blindly at the bedside or with fluoroscopic or endoscopic guidance into the stomach or small bowel. Percutaneous feeding tubes(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Enteral nutrition is the preferred route for nutrition support in the intensive care unit setting. This is usually delivered through nasoenteric feeding tubes in patients with an otherwise functional gastrointestinal tract. Placement of nasoenteric feeding tubes, however, may be difficult in this setting. Nasoenteric feeding tubes may be(More)
OBJECTIVES Most colorectal cancers (CRCs) arise from adenomatous polyps, but the effects of CRC family history on adenoma risk are not well known. This issue is clinically relevant since several medical societies currently recommend earlier and more rigorous colorectal screening for individuals with a strong family history of CRC. METHODS Colonoscopies(More)