José Ramón Armengol

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS:Capsule endoscopy (CE) is superior to push enteroscopy and small bowel barium radiography in detecting the source of obscure GI bleeding. We now compared whether CE has a superior diagnostic yield than CT angiography (CTA) or standard mesenteric angiography (ANGIO) in patients with obscure GI bleeding.METHODS:From June 2004 to October(More)
OBJECTIVES:Preliminary studies suggested that octreotide may be therapeutic in bleeding angiodysplasia. Our aim was to investigate the efficacy of long-term octreotide therapy in the prevention of rebleeding from gastrointestinal angiodysplasia.METHODS:A cohort of 32 patients diagnosed with bleeding from angiodysplasia was treated with octreotide 50 μ 12 h(More)
1. Tumour necrosis factor is a proinflammatory macrophage-derived polypeptide cytokine. Its participation in disease processes has been usually inferred from data obtained from experiments in vitro or from measurements of its plasma circulating levels. To investigate its role in chronic ulcerative colitis, we have quantified in vivo the steady-state release(More)
The purpose of this study is to compare the efficacy and acceptability of an evening-before regimens of sodium picosulfate/magnesium citrate (SPMC) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) as bowel cleansers and to explore the results of a same-day regimen of SPMC. Multicenter, randomized, observer-blinded, parallel study carried out in subjects who were 18–80 years(More)
Forceful dilatation under endoscopic control is a well established treatment of achalasia; several different types of dilators can be used. This study prospectively compared the clinical and manometric efficacy of a single dilatation using two different dilators. Forty one patients were randomly assigned to forceful dilatation under endoscopic control with(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of a thromboxane inhibitor on the production of eicosanoids by the colonic mucosa of patients with chronic ulcerative colitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS Fourteen patients with active left-sided ulcerative colitis were divided into in two treatment groups. Seven patients received oral ridogrel (300 mg twice daily) and seven(More)
Gastritis is an infrequent manifestation of infection by cytomegalovirus (CMV) in a healthy host. This complication is usually associated to a mononucleosic syndrome during the course of a disseminated infection. Macroscopically, it presents with edema and mucosal congestion, multiple erosions or ulcers. Histologic examination of the endoscopic biopsies(More)
BACKGROUND Successful eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection clearly modifies the natural history of peptic ulcer disease and prevents further recurrences of duodenal and gastric ulcers. However, there are few prospective studies about actual rates of rebleeding after H. pylori eradication, a highly relevant aspect of management as re-infection,(More)
1. To investigate the role of interleukin-1 beta in chronic ulcerative colitis, we quantified interleukin-1 beta steady-state release into the colonic lumen. 2. We studied 26 patients with untreated chronic ulcerative colitis and seven patients with irritable bowel syndrome who served as disease controls. In seven ulcerative colitis patients, the disease(More)