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PURPOSE This study was designed to compare fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin with fluorouracil, leucovorin, and cisplatin in patients with advanced gastric cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with previously untreated advanced adenocarcinoma of the stomach or esophagogastric junction were randomly assigned to receive either fluorouracil 2,600(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated the feasibility and tolerability of triple- versus double-drug chemotherapy in elderly patients with oesophagogastric cancer. METHODS Patients aged 65 years or older with locally advanced or metastatic oesophagogastric cancer were stratified and randomised to infusional 5-FU, leucovorin and oxaliplatin without (FLO) or with(More)
STUDY AIM To assess the accuracy of ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy in the differential diagnosis of gastrointestinal stroma cell tumors (GIST) from other submucosal tumors, using both cytology and histology. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a prospective study from May 2005 to September 2008 in all patients presenting with upper(More)
OBJECTIVES At present, surveillance of premalignant small bowel polyps in hereditary polyposis syndromes has a number of limitations. Capsule endoscopy (CE) is a promising new method to endoscopically assess the entire length of the small bowel. METHODS We prospectively examined 40 patients with hereditary polyposis syndromes (29 familial adenomatous(More)
Hepatic encephalopathy is a common problem in cirrhosis. The pathogenesis of this complication of advanced liver disease still remains unclear. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy was used to assess prospectively cerebral metabolism in 51 patients with histologically proven cirrhosis (Child-Pugh classes A, B, and C, 18, 18, and 15, respectively) and 36 healthy(More)
In noncardiac chest pain (NCCP), altered visceral perception may result from abnormal cerebral processing of sensory input rather than abnormalities of afferent pathways. However, the interactions between symptoms, autonomic function and oesophageal stimuli are poorly studied. Oesophageal stimulation elicits reproducible cortical evoked potentials [CEP] and(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Previous studies have shown that endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) sensitively detects morphologic abnormalities due to chronic pancreatitis. However, morphologic EUS findings have limited specificity, particularly at the early stages of chronic pancreatitis. Our aims were to study pancreatic morphology and inflammation in patients(More)
Targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor pathway in pancreatic cancer seems to be an attractive therapeutic approach. This study assessed the efficacy of cetuximab plus the combination of gemcitabine/oxaliplatin in metastatic pancreatic cancer. Eligible subjects had histological or cytological diagnosis of metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The(More)
BACKGROUND Interleukin 1 (IL-1) alpha and beta are potent cytokines which play key roles in inflammation. They are controlled by IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra). AIMS To investigate the influence of mucosal inflammation and IL-1ra genotype on the IL-1ra:IL-1 balance. PATIENTS AND METHODS IL-1 alpha, IL-1 beta, and IL-1ra were measured by enzyme linked(More)