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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The AIM-II Trial included patients with nondysplastic Barrett's esophagus (NDBE) treated with radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Complete eradication of NDBE (complete response-intestinal metaplasia [CR-IM]) was achieved in 98.4 % of patients at 2.5 years. We report the proportion of patients demonstrating CR-IM at 5-year follow-up. (More)
OBJECTIVES The removal of large bile duct stones (>12 mm) after endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) remains a challenging issue in therapeutic endoscopy. The aim of this prospective, randomized, controlled trial was to compare the effectiveness and complications of EST followed by large balloon dilation (LBD) with that of EST followed by mechanical lithotripsy(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the dose-response, safety, and efficacy of circumferential endoscopic ablation of Barrett's esophagus (BE) by using an endoscopic balloon-based ablation device (HALO360 System). DESIGN This study was conducted in 2 serial phases (dosimetry phase and effectiveness phase) to evaluate a balloon-based ablation device that delivers a(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The accurate diagnosis of indeterminate pancreaticobiliary strictures presents a clinical dilemma. Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) offers real-time in vivo microscopic tissue examination that may increase sensitivity for the detection of malignancy. the objective of this study was to develop and validate a standard(More)
BACKGROUND Because of the low sensitivity of current ERCP-guided tissue sampling methods, management of patients with indeterminate pancreaticobiliary strictures is a challenge. Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) enables real-time microscopic visualization of strictures during an ongoing ERCP. OBJECTIVE To document the utility, performance,(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the increasing use of anesthesiologist-administered sedation for monitored anesthesia care (MAC) or general anesthesia in patients undergoing ERCP, limited prospective data exist on the effectiveness, safety, and cost of this approach. OBJECTIVE To prospectively assess sedation-related adverse events (SRAEs), patient- and(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to test the hypothesis that placement of a new nitinol duodenal self-expandable metallic stent (SEMS) for palliation of malignant gastroduodenal obstruction is effective and safe in allowing patients to tolerate an oral diet. METHODS In a prospective multicenter study, SEMSs (Duodenal WallFlex, Boston Scientific) were placed to(More)
BACKGROUND Distinguishing malignant from benign biliary strictures remains a challenge. This prospective study assessed intraductal US as an adjunct to endoscopic retrograde cholangiography and tissue sampling for diagnosis of malignant and benign biliary strictures. METHODS Sixty-two patients were enrolled who had biliary strictures suspected to be(More)
Esophageal cancer is increasing in frequency in the United States faster than any other cancer. Barrett's esophagus, an otherwise benign complication of esophageal reflux, affects approximately three million Americans and precedes almost all cases of esophageal cancer. If detected as high-grade dysplasia (HGD), most esophageal cancers can be prevented.(More)