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CONTEXT Chronic pancreatitis is common in India. However, its risk factors are not clear. There is sparse data on the current prevalence of tropical pancreatitis in India. OBJECTIVE To undertake a prospective nationwide study of the risk factors and clinical profile of chronic pancreatitis. SETTING Thirty-two major centers from different regions of(More)
We established the prevalence of gallbladder varices (GBVs) as seen on duplex sonogram of children with portal hypertension. Fifty-five consecutive children with portal hypertension underwent duplex sonographic examination by an experienced sonologist who was blinded to clinical presentation. Forty children had extrahepatic portovenous obstruction (EHPVO),(More)
BACKGROUND Prokinetic drugs are widely used for treatment of non-ulcer dyspepsia (NUD). AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To assess the efficacy and tolerability of a new prokinetic agent, itopride hydrochloride in patients of NUD and compare it with domperidone. METHODS Fifty-six patients who fulfilled the inclusion and exclusion criteria were enrolled in the study.(More)
We report the case of a 40-yr-old man who presented with recurrent hemorrhage of the upper GI tract who was found to have hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm and amebic liver abscess. Our patient is unique in having hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm and amebic liver abscess diagnosed simultaneously, the association of which has not been previously described.
BACKGROUND Small bowel mucosa is a recognized potential source of bleeding in portal hypertension. However, the frequency of its involvement is not known. AIMS To document the nature, severity and frequency of endoscopic and histologic changes in the jejunum in patients with portal hypertension. METHODS Forty consecutive patients with portal(More)
BACKGROUND Color Doppler is a noninvasive method for assessing portal hemodynamics. Laser Doppler velocimetry is useful in assessment of microcirculatory abnormalities in portal hypertensive gastropathy (PHG). AIMS To study portal hemodynamics by color Doppler and gastric mucosal blood flow (GMBF) by laser Doppler velocimetry in patients with cirrhosis.(More)
Esophageal tuberculosis is rare, and its association with intramural pseudodiverticulosis is not widely appreciated. We report a patient with dysphagia who proved to have esophageal narrowing, mediastinal lymphadenopathy, and intramural pseudodiverticulosis. Results of endoscopy and biopsy were nonspecific, but biopsy of the supraclavicular node showed(More)
OBJECTIVE Results of 20 dilatation sessions in 15 patients with achalasia cardia were assessed to determine the safety and efficacy of polyethylene balloon achalasia dilators (Rigiflex). METHODS All patients underwent an initial dilatation by inflating a 30 mm balloon to 9 psi for one minute. Need for subsequent dilatations was assessed on symptom(More)