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AIM To compare the effect of pantoprazole and esomeprazole on intra-oesophageal pH and investigate their pharmacokinetics in patients with symptomatic gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). METHODS Double-blind, randomized, two-period crossover study. Caucasian men with symptomatic GORD (n=48) were selected on the basis of clinical records of typical(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Chronic hepatitis is a disabling condition leading to impairment of a patient's quality of life. We investigated the impact of chronic viral hepatitis on health-related quality of life. The relationship between transaminase level and score in the quality-of-life questionnaire was also investigated. METHODS We studied 66 patients with(More)
PURPOSE Contrast-enhanced harmonic endoscopic ultrasonography (CEH-EUS) for the assessment of microcirculation and the delineation of pancreatic tumors in order to characterize and stage them has only recently become available for commercial use, and few reports have been published. The purpose of the study was the qualitative and quantitative digital image(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) is preferred for guiding drainage of pancreatic fluid collections, with a success rate exceeding 90% when fluoroscopy is used. When fluoroscopy cannot be used, drainage can still be performed, but no data regarding the safety of such a procedure have yet been published. AIM To establish the safety of EUS-guided(More)
AIM The Romanian Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy developed a multicentre, prospective study to evaluate the frequency and epidemiological features of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in an adult population that refers to gastroenterology centres in Romania. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eighteen centres with adequate diagnostic and therapeutic facilities(More)
BACKGROUND An overall prevalence rate of HCV infection in Romanian adult population was recently estimated to be 3.23%. The proportion of treated patients with chronic hepatitis C in our country has never been assessed. AIMS 1) to analyze the quality and quantity of antiviral therapy delivery; 2) to determine the proportion of patients being annually and(More)
Using the same principles as small bowel capsule endoscopy, a new wireless device has been developed to explore the colon. Colon capsule endoscopy (CCE) is a safe and non-invasive method in visualizing the entire large bowel mucosa. A special preparation of the digestive tract is necessary to ensure the cleanliness of the colon and the progression of the(More)
The case of a 66 year old woman admitted with a picture of jaundice acute cholangitis is reported. Ultrasonography showed a dilatation of intrahepatic bile ducts, gallbladder hydrops with several stones, enlarged common bile duct (CBD) with hyperechoic material inside and a cystic tumor with hydatid features. With a strong suspicion of a hydatid cyst(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS A gradual shift of colorectal adenoma and carcinoma location toward the proximal colon has been recently observed both in the United States and Europe. We aimed to study the polyp and adenoma detection rate in a major endoscopy center of northwestern Romania over a 16-year period, and to characterize the distribution and the pathological(More)