Mario Vassallo

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BACKGROUND The primary aim of the study was to estimate the incidence of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in Malta in a well-defined population during a 13-year study period. METHODS Diagnostic criteria for CD and UC were defined. A diagnosis of IBD was obtained from the(More)
A 30-year-old male suffered from acute abdomen following duodenal biopsy taken at esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). Exploratory laparotomy showed a large retroperitoneal hematoma arising from the second part of the duodenum that was then treated conservatively. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first case of extensive retroperitoneal hematoma following(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS There is limited data on the risk of developing diarrhoea in travelling patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We analysed the rate of developing diarrhoea among travellers suffering from IBD and their healthy controls. METHODS We performed a retrospective case-controlled study among 78 patients with IBD and their healthy(More)
DESCRIPTION A 62-year-old male smoker was diagnosed with ileocolonic Crohn’s disease 1 year previously, which was complicated by an asymptomatic terminal ileal stricture diagnosed on contrast radiology. Clinical and biochemical remission were induced initially by steroids and then maintained by mesalazine (1 g three times a day) and azathioprine (2 mg/kg(More)
A young lady with a long history of recurrent infections was referred to the gastroenterology department by an infectious disease consultant because of a long history of profuse diarrhoea. A nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) test performed in her mid-teens had shown zero reduction of the dye. The clinical, biochemical, radiological and endoscopic findings were(More)