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BACKGROUND Acute colonic obstruction because of advanced colonic malignancy is a surgical emergency. Our aim was to review our experience with self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) compared to emergent surgery as the initial therapy for the management of patients with incurable obstructing colon cancer. METHODS A retrospective review of patients with(More)
OBJECTIVES Dieulafoy lesions are a rare cause of gastrointestinal hemorrhage with a striking presentation because of rapid blood loss. Endoscopic therapy is usually successful at achieving primary hemostasis, but the best mode of endoscopic intervention is not clear, and outcomes relating to variables such as gender, medication, alcohol, and smoking are not(More)
BACKGROUND Colonoscopy has been adopted as the preferred method to screen for colorectal neoplasia in the United States. However, lesions can be missed because of numerous factors, including location on the proximal aspect of folds or flexures, where they may be difficult to detect with the forward-viewing colonoscope. The Third Eye Retroscope (TER) is a(More)
BACKGROUND Anticoagulation and antiplatelet medications may potentiate GI bleeding, and their use may lead to an increased need for a GI endoscopy. We hypothesized that there might be different practice patterns among international endoscopists. OBJECTIVE To explore the differences in management practices for patients who receive anticoagulation and(More)
BACKGROUND ERCP is an important diagnostic and therapeutic tool in patients with biliary and pancreatic disease. Its utility and safety during pregnancy is largely unknown because it is not often required and because its use has been only infrequently reported in the published literature. OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to report the clinical experience with(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Many lesions found during push enteroscopy to evaluate obscure gastrointestinal bleeding are within the reach of standard endoscopes. The aim of this study was to determine whether the rate of proximal lesions varies in relation to the type of obscure bleeding that is present. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective review of(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term and permanent biliary stenting have been reported in many studies and are infrequently practiced in selected patients with irretrievable common bile duct stones and biliary strictures. PATIENTS Here we report 3 new cases and review 7 other cases of de novo stent-stone complex formation after long-term biliary stent placement. (More)
CONTEXT The main objective of pancreatic cyst fluid analysis is to differentiate mucin-producing or malignant cysts from other cysts which have a benign course. K-ras-2 point mutation and at least two mutations of allelic imbalance or loss of heterozygosity with good quality DNA has been suggested to predict mucinous cystic neoplasm (MCN). Elevated(More)