Joung-Ho Han

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BACKGROUND Temporary biliary stenting is both technically easy and feasible, and choleretic agents such as ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and a terpene preparation may promote a reduction in stone size. However, there are few comparative data on the effectiveness of choleretic agents available. OBJECTIVE To investigate the efficacy of multiple double-pigtail(More)
Colonic varices are a very rare cause of lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Fewer than 100 cases of colonic varices, and 30 cases of idiopathic colonic varices (ICV) have been reported in the English literature. Among these 30 cases of ICV, 19 cases were diagnosed by angiography, and 7 operated cases were diagnosed later as ileocecal vein deficit, hemangioma,(More)
Liquid-based cytology (LBC) is being increasingly used for body fluid specimens and has improved diagnostic accuracy when compared to conventional smears. We compared the diagnostic accuracy and cellular morphologic features between CellprepPlus® LBC and ThinPrep® LBC in effusion cytology. One hundred and eighty body fluid specimens, consisting of 119(More)
Iatrogenic duodenal perforation associated with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a very uncommon complication that is often lethal. Perforations during ERCP are caused by endoscopic sphincterotomy, placement of biliary or duodenal stents, guidewire-related causes, and endoscopy itself. In particular, perforation of the medial or(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-related proteins may exhibit differential expression in intestinal type or pancreatobiliary type ampulla of Vater carcinomas (AVCs). We evaluated the expression of E-cadherin, β-catenin, and S100A4 in intestinal and nonintestinal type AVCs and analyzed their relationships with clinicopathological(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of biliary epithelial cells (BECs) plays major roles in many cholangiopathies. This study evaluated whether EMT of BECs has a role in hepatolithiasis-induced biliary fibrosis and types of BECs that are involved. METHODS The expression of EMT-related proteins and epidermal growth factor receptor(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Ampullary tumors come in a wide variety of malignant forms. We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of endoscopy for ampullary tumors, and analyzed the causes of misdiagnosis. METHODS We compared endoscopic imaging and biopsy results to final diagnoses. Types of endoscope, numbers of biopsy specimens taken, and final diagnoses were evaluated(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Recent reports have indicated several instances of successful treatment of bowel perforation by using endoscopic band ligation (EBL) when treatment with endoclipping is unsuccessful, but this salvage method has not been investigated in any prospective model. Herein we aimed to compare the technical feasibility and efficacy of EBL and(More)
Primary aortoenteric fistula (PAEF) is a rare disease with a high mortality rate due to massive hemorrhaging and diagnostic difficulties. Although hemorrhagic regions can be identified by endoscopy, it is difficult to diagnose PAEF by this method. If PAEF is suspected, endoscopic procedure should be terminated and abdominal CT should be performed.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Various anatomical features of the biliary tree affect ability to remove difficult common bile duct (CBD) stones. In this study, we evaluated the clinical characteristics and outcomes of the endoscopic treatment of stones in stemware-shaped CBDs. METHODS Thirty-four patients with a stone and a stemware-shaped CBD who were treated at(More)