Marisa A Degaetani

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OBJECTIVES Patients with villous atrophy (VA) and negative celiac disease (CD) serologies pose a diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma. When a definitive etiology for VA is not determined, patients are characterized as having unclassified sprue (US), the optimal management of which is unknown. METHODS We studied adult patients with VA on biopsy and negative(More)
BACKGROUND Covered self-expanding metal stents are being used more frequently in benign biliary strictures (BBS). We report the results of a multicenter study with fully covered self-expanding metal stent (FCSEMS) placement for the management of BBS. AIM : To prospectively evaluate the efficacy and safety of FCSEMS in the management of BBS. PATIENTS AND(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Photodynamic therapy (PDT) in unresectable cholangiocarcinoma has been associated with improved survival. We report a single tertiary care center experience over the past 6 years. METHODS Fifty-five patients with unresectable cholangiocarcinoma received PDT between 2004 and 2010. Plastic stents were placed after PDT to prevent cholangitis.(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for unresectable cholangiocarcinoma is associated with improvement in cholestasis and survival. Single operator cholangioscopy (SOC) has been used for targeted laser illumination. We analyzed our growing experience of SOC with direct PDT. This is a retrospective analysis of a consecutive series of patients prospectively entered(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Limited data are available regarding fully covered metal stents in the management of malignant distal biliary strictures. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety of a fully covered self-expanding metal stent (FCSEMS) with flared ends, in treating malignant biliary strictures. We report our long-term retrospective analysis from 6(More)
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