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AIMS Diabetes mellitus (DM) is frequently observed in patients with cirrhosis, particularly that due to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. However, no studies have focused on the clinical significance of glycaemic control in cirrhotic patients because of their short life expectancy and poor hepatic function. The aim of this study was to evaluate the(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Because the efficacy of standard triple therapy for Helicobacter pylori eradication has declined, new regimens such as sequential therapy (ST) and concomitant therapy (CoCTx) have been introduced. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of 10-day ST and 10-day CoCTx for H. pylori eradication. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed(More)
BACKGROUND It is still a matter of debate as to whether palliative resection of obstructive primary tumors may prolong the survival of patients with obstructive colon cancer and unresectable synchronous metastases. The main goal of this retrospective study was to compare the use of self-expanding metallic stents (SEMS) with open surgery for the palliation(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Alcohol may be a cocarcinogen in patients with chronic viral hepatitis. We investigated the effect of alcohol on the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in liver cirrhosis (LC) caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV). METHODS All patients with LC or HCC associated with HBV or alcohol, admitted between March 2001 and June 2005, were(More)
AIM To evaluate the diagnostic yield and safety of a modified technique for the histological diagnosis of subepithelial tumors (SETs). METHODS A retrospective review of patients who underwent a modified technique for the histological diagnosis of gastric SETs, consisting of a mucosal incision with a fixed flexible snare (MIF) and deep-tissue biopsy under(More)
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta1 is a key cytokine producing extracellular matrix. We evaluated the effect of TGF-beta1 gene polymorphism at codon 10 on the development of cirrhosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B. One hundred seventy eight patients with chronic hepatitis (CH, n=57) or liver cirrhosis (LC, n=121), who had HBsAg and were over 50(More)
AIM To identify risk factors for surgical failure after colonic stenting as a bridge to surgery in left-sided malignant colonic obstruction. METHODS The medical records of patients who underwent stent insertion for malignant colonic obstruction between February 2004 and August 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with malignant colonic obstruction(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Gelatinase (matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) -2 and 9) has an important role in the pathogenesis of liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, we evaluated the relationship of gelatinase to chronic liver disease. METHODS Four groups of subjects were examined; healthy control (10 cases), chronic hepatitis (18(More)
BACKGROUND Gas chromatographic documentation of volatile sulfur compounds in Helicobacter pylori cultures and the amelioration of halitosis after eradication suggested a causal link between H. pylori infection and halitosis. AIM We hypothesized that Korea red ginseng can relieve H. pylori-associated halitosis based on their anti-inflammatory and(More)
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a rare autosomal-dominantly inherited disease that occurs in approximately one in 5000 to 8000 people. Clinical diagnosis of HHT is made when a person presents three of the following four criteria: family history, recurrent nosebleeds, mucocutaneous telangiectasis, and arteriovenous malformations (AVM) in the(More)