Sondra Gray

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Intubation of the ileum during colonoscopy, although well described, is not routinely performed. It can establish the completeness of colonoscopic examinations and is useful in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease. However, the diagnostic utility of routine ileoscopy during all colonoscopic procedures has not been well studied. We prospectively(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence, recurrence, and all-cause mortality rate for Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) has increased markedly over the past 10 years despite treatment. Low vitamin D levels are known to impair immune responses to infection and are associated with increased mortality. We compared the role of patient comorbidity measured by(More)
BACKGROUND Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) accounts for 400,000 hospital admissions in the US each year. Despite advances, mortality rates remain high and are estimated to be 5-10%. Early therapeutic endoscopy is widely recommended as a means of reducing morbidity and mortality. The Rockall and Blatchford scores are clinical scoring systems devised(More)
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