Naminatsu Takahara

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BACKGROUND/AIMS To determine the nutritional markers important for assessing the degree of pancreatic insufficiency due to chronic pancreatitis in routine clinical practice. METHODS A total of 137 patients with chronic pancreatitis were followed up for more than 1 year. They were divided into two groups: a pancreatic diabetes mellitus (DM) group,(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Endoscopic papillary balloon dilation (EPBD) is a possible alternative to endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) for common bile duct (CBD) stones. To date, 10- and 8-mm EPBD have not been fully compared. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients who underwent EPBD for CBD stones at two Japanese tertiary care centers between May 1994 and January 2014 were(More)
Background/Aims In distal malignant biliary obstruction, an antireflux metal stent (ARMS) with a funnel-shaped valve is effective as a reintervention for metal stent occlusion caused by reflux. This study sought to evaluate the feasibility of this ARMS as a first-line metal stent. Methods Patients with nonresectable distal malignant biliary obstruction(More)
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