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BACKGROUND Limited data are available regarding the frequency of oesophageal motility and bolus transit abnormalities in subgroups of patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD). AIM To assess oesophageal motility and bolus transit in endoscopically defined GERD subgroups. METHODS Patients (N=755) with typical reflux symptoms underwent upper(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormal intestinal clearance is involved in the pathogenesis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). It is known that partially hydrolysed guar gum affects intestinal motility. Eradication therapy of SIBO is based on antibiotic treatment: no data are available on the role of fibre supplementation in eradicating SIBO. AIM To assess(More)
INTRODUCTION Studies have reported that the association between overweight and erosive oesophagitis is very strong, whilst seeming less consistent with non-erosive reflux disease. AIM We have hypothesized that this difference may be due to the heterogeneity of endoscopy-negative population. METHODS We studied 81 patients with erosive oesophagitis, 48(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM In patients with liver cirrhosis, the platelet count/spleen diameter ratio has been validated as a parameter for the noninvasive diagnosis of esophageal varices. Schistosoma infection is a frequent cause of portal hypertension in Middle Eastern countries, and is associated with the development of esophageal varices. In this study we aimed to(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) is an endoscopic procedure for placing a feeding tube into the stomach through the skin, primarily to avoid malnutrition. Malnutrition can increase the risk of wound infection, whose incidence can be decreased by using antibiotic prophylaxis. AIM The purpose of our study was to evaluate the efficacy of(More)
We read with great interest the article by Broeders et al on the effects of anti-reflux surgery on weakly acidic reflux and belching. The authors evaluated 31 gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) patients, refractory to proton pump inhibitors, by means of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, validated symptoms questionnaires, stationary oesophageal(More)
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