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BACKGROUND After a pancreatic endocrine tumor has been diagnosed on the basis of clinical signs and the results of laboratory tests, localization of the tumor by the usual imaging procedures fails in as many as 40 to 60 percent of patients. Endoscopic ultrasonography, a sensitive test for small carcinomas of the pancreas, might also be useful in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) is a useful and epoch-making technique for small-bowel diseases. The single-balloon enteroscope (SBE) is a new instrument introduced by Olympus. OBJECTIVE To evaluate a prototype of the SBE. DESIGN A prospective case series. SETTING Kyoto Second Red Cross Hospital, between April 2006 and July 2007. (More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS We evaluated the diagnostic ability of a newly developed peroral video cholangioscopy (PVCS) in patients with pancreaticobiliary disorders. METHODS We retrospectively evaluated data from 144 patients with pancreaticobiliary disorders, collected from 5 tertiary referral centers. Endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) or endoscopic papillary(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The purpose of this study was to determine (1) the diagnostic yield for endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) in patients with pancreatic cystic lesions, (2) additional value of EUS-FNA over EUS alone in the diagnosis of pancreatic cysts, and (3) diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of EUS and EUS-FNA in the(More)
The localization of avidin in the oviduct of the laying hen was investigated using ultrastructural immunoperoxidase techniques. Endogenous avidin was localized in secretory granules of both tubular gland cells and non-ciliated single epithelial cells in the magnum mucosa. These immunospecific granules were electron-dense and heterogeneous with a patchy core(More)
The detection of early gastric cancer is performed by endoscopic study with or without the dye-spraying method, which is useful in detecting small lesions or surface lesions. For the diagnosis of early gastric malignancy, magnification endoscopy, narrow-band imaging and optical coherence tomography are used for histological diagnosis and research. On the(More)
Although endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided drainage has become the standard procedure for pancreatic pseudocysts in recent years and is generally regarded as a safe and effective method, there have been few reports of EUS-guided drainage of postoperative intra-abdominal abscesses. Here we report our experience with 4 cases of postoperative intra-abdominal(More)
BACKGROUND GI peristalsis during GI endoscopy commonly requires intravenous or intramuscular injection of antispasmodic agents, which sometimes cause unexpected adverse reactions. OBJECTIVE Our ultimate goal was to evaluate whether the antiperistaltic effect of L-menthol-based preparations facilitates endoscopic examinations in a clinical setting. (More)