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AIMS To study the profile of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and the frequency of such symptoms among the general population, in India. METHODS In this prospective, multi-center study, data were obtained from 2785 patients with chronic lower gastrointestinal symptoms (complainants) with no alarm feature and negative investigations for organic causes(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS High-resolution manometry (HRM) with pressure topography is used to subtype achalasia cardia, which has therapeutic implications. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical characteristics, manometric variables and treatment outcomes among the achalasia subtypes based on the HRM findings. METHODS The patients who underwent HRM at(More)
BACKGROUND Currently available techniques to diagnose indeterminate biliary lesions have many limitations. OBJECTIVE To assess the accuracy of single-operator peroral cholangioscopy by using the SpyGlass system to differentiate malignant from benign disease in patients with indeterminate biliary lesions. DESIGN Prospective, single-arm, single-center(More)
AIM To assess the efficacy of peginterferon alpha 2b at doses of 50 microg weekly and 80 microg weekly (based on body weight) plus ribavirin in HCV genotype 2 and genotype 3 chronic hepatitis C patients. METHODS During the study period of Jan 2002 to Dec 2003, all patients diagnosed as chronic hepatitis C or HCV related compensated cirrhosis were treated(More)
CONTEXT The association of Santorinicele with pancreas divisum has been well described. There is an increased risk of recurrent acute pancreatitis in patients with pancreas divisum who also have Santorinicele. Focal saccular dilation of the terminal part of the main pancreatic duct has been described as an incidental finding and termed, 'Wirsungocele'. (More)
BACKGROUND Coeliac plexus block (CPB) is a management option for pain control in chronic pancreatitis. CPB is conventionally performed by percutaneous technique with fluoroscopic guidance (PCFG). Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is increasingly used for CPB as it offers a better visualization of the plexus. There are limited data comparing the two modalities. (More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Single-balloon enteroscopy (SBE) is a novel method of balloon assisted enteroscopy which allows deep intubation of intestine and has therapeutic potential. This prospective study was done in a tertiary care center to evaluate the feasibility, complications, diagnostic and therapeutic yield of SBE in patients with suspected small bowel(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term results of extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) for large pancreatic duct (PD) stones in patients with idiopathic calcific pancreatitis (CP) are scanty. OBJECTIVE To evaluate intermediate and long-term results of ESWL in a large cohort of patients with idiopathic CP. DESIGN Cross-sectional study; retrospective chart review.(More)
BACKGROUND Obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB) is a common indication for capsule endoscopy (CE). Reports on diagnostic yield of CE in this situation show a wide variation. We evaluated the diagnostic yield and clinical impact of CE in patients with OGIB. METHODS We reviewed the medical records of patients with OGIB who underwent CE at our(More)