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BACKGROUND & AIMS The evolution of flexible endoscopes and endoscopic devices has recently enabled per-oral transgastric abdominal exploration in animal models. This study was undertaken to assess the ability to systematically identify abdominopelvic organs and to determine the feasibility of organ resection via the transgastric route. METHODS Female(More)
Current recommendations for screening and surveillance of Barrett esophagus and related lesions are based on recent guidelines by the Practice Parameters Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology. The purpose of this review is to critically examine the rationale and evidence behind these recommendations. There is strong rationale for vigorous(More)
BACKGROUND Polypectomy with cold biopsy forceps is a frequently used technique for removal of small, sessile, colorectal polyps. Jumbo forceps may lead to more effective polypectomy because of the larger size of the forceps cup. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficiency of cold jumbo biopsy forceps compared with standard forceps for polypectomy of small,(More)
Traditional flexible endoscopy has been limited to the confines of the gastrointestinal lumen; however, recent developments involving transluminal access to intra-abdominal structures hold the potential to revolutionize flexible endoscopy. Over the past few years various studies have detailed techniques that intentionally breach the lumen and provide(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The need for transpapillary drainage (TPD) in patients undergoing transmural drainage (TMD) of pancreatic fluid collections (PFCs) remains unclear. The aims of this study were to compare treatment outcomes between patients with pancreatic pseudocysts undergoing TMD versus combined (TMD and TPD) drainage (CD) and to identify predictors of(More)
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BACKGROUND Older systems for cholangiopancreatoscopy have demonstrated improved diagnostic and therapeutic abilities over standard ERCP but have shown limited feasibility. The SpyGlass Direct Visualization System addresses many of the shortcomings of the older platforms, but its potential advantages have not been rigorously evaluated. OBJECTIVE To(More)
BACKGROUND The surgical management of esophageal perforation (EP) often results in mortality and significant morbidity. Recent less invasive approaches to EP management include endoscopic luminal stenting and minimally invasive surgical therapies. We wished to establish therapeutic efficacy of minimally invasive therapies in a consecutive series of(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnostic accuracy of cholangioscopy-guided sampling has not been rigorously evaluated. OBJECTIVE To prospectively evaluate the accuracy of cholangioscopy-guided mini-forceps sampling and compare it with standard cytology brushings and forceps biopsies for the tissue diagnosis of indeterminate biliary lesions. DESIGN Prospective,(More)