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BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori infection is associated with gastric cancer, but the effect of eradication treatment on gastric cancer risk is not well defined. PURPOSE To determine whether H. pylori eradication treatment can reduce the risk for gastric cancer. DATA SOURCES PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, and online clinical trial(More)
OBJECTIVES The most common technique used to achieve primary deep biliary cannulation is the standard contrast-assisted method. To increase the success rate and reduce the risk of complications, a wire-guided cannulation strategy has been proposed. Prospective studies provided conflicting results as to whether the wire-guided cannulation technique increases(More)
Surgical decompression is the traditional treatment for acute colorectal cancer obstruction. In recent years, colorectal stenting has been used to relieve the obstruction. This study used meta-analytic techniques to compare colonic stenting versus surgical decompression for colorectal cancer obstruction. A comprehensive search of several databases was(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE) is a cause of bleeding in patients with liver cirrhosis. Argon plasma coagulation (APC) is the most used endoscopic treatment for GAVE-related bleeding. Treatment failures have been described in patients with haemorrhagic diathesis; post-procedure complications include haemorrhages and septicaemia.(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Data on the safety of bevacizumab-based therapies for patients carrying a self-expandable metallic stent (SEMS) for occlusive colon cancer are lacking. We report 2 cases of colon perforation observed in our case series of patients with SEMS for occlusive colon cancer. METHODS Patients with occlusive symptoms caused by colon cancer(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Precut papillotomy is considered a risk factor for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)-related complications; however whether the complication risk is due to precut itself or to the prior prolonged attempts is still debated; therefore, early precut implementation has been suggested to reduce the complication rate.(More)
BACKGROUND Various types of self-expandable metal stents have been introduced for the palliation of malignant biliary obstruction. AIMS To compare the outcomes of WallFlex™ and Wallstent™ uncovered biliary self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) for the palliation of patients with malignant biliary obstruction. METHODS Between October 2008 and December(More)
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) and therapeutic procedures have been performed by a curved linear array (CLA) echoendoscope since the early 1990's. This particular echoendoscope, allowing real time visualization of aspiration needles and of other devices, has substantially remained unchanged since its introduction to the(More)
BACKGROUND The Physiological and Operative Severity Score for the enUmeration of Mortality and morbidity model, and its Portsmouth and colorectal modifications are used to predict postoperative mortality and morbidity after colorectal surgery. AIMS To compare stent placement as a bridge to surgery vs. emergency surgical resection in patients with acute(More)
Malignant colon obstruction is a medical emergency and endoscopic decompression, achieved by self-expandable metal stent placement, has been broadly used for both palliation in patients with advanced, nonresectable carcinoma and as a bridge to surgery in those patients with resectable disease. We propose stent insertion assisted by a side-viewing endoscope,(More)