Syed Ghafoor Shah

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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) are an effective palliative treatment for malignant biliary and duodenal strictures. Combined biliary and duodenal stenting remains a technical challenge, however. The aim of this study was to evaluate the technical feasibility of an endoscopic approach to double stenting of malignant biliary and(More)
BACKGROUND Small adenomas may be missed during colonoscopy, but chromoscopy has been reported to enhance detection. The aim of this randomized-controlled trial was to determine the effect of total colonic dye spray on adenoma detection during routine colonoscopy. METHODS Consecutive outpatients undergoing routine colonoscopy were randomized to a dye-spray(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Colonoscopy is generally perceived as being a painful procedure. Contributory factors are: stretching of the colonic wall and mesenteric attachments from looping of the instrument shaft, overinsufflation, the degree of torque or force applied to the colonoscope shaft, and patient pain threshold. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Recurrence is frequent after piecemeal snare resection of large sessile colorectal polyps. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of argon plasma coagulation (APC) in preventing recurrence when applied to the edge and base of the polypectomy site after apparently complete piecemeal resection. METHODS Patients with large(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the long-term outcomes of patients who have had endoscopic balloon dilation of Crohn's strictures. DESIGN Retrospective case-note review over a 16-year period. PATIENTS Patients with a Crohn's stricture causing obstructive symptoms and who had at least 6 months' follow-up data or a surgical outcome following dilation were sought; 59(More)
BACKGROUND Counting the number of procedures performed provides at best a crude measure of technical competence in colonoscopy. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a qualitative and a quantitative score for measuring technical competency in colonoscopy using videotape evaluation. METHODS Eighteen endoscopists with varying levels of(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with large sessile colonic polyps for which endoscopic resection might be feasible are often referred directly for operation. The aim of this study was to determine the outcome of patients with such polyps diagnosed by specialist and non-specialist colonoscopists. METHODS Patients with large (greater than 2 cm) sessile polyps detected(More)
BACKGROUND Colonoscopy can be technically challenging because of unpredictable colonoscope looping. Without imaging, straightening the colonoscope is sometimes difficult since the endoscopist has to guess where the tip is. Magnetic endoscope imaging (MEI), a new non-radiographical technique for picturing the colonoscope shaft in real time, could facilitate(More)
BACKGROUND Pain during colonoscopy is primarily related to mesenteric stretching from looping of the colonoscope insertion tube. Prompt recognition and removal of loops reduces patient discomfort and may lessen sedation requirements. Magnetic endoscope imaging allows real-time visualization of the colonoscope during insertion. The effect of magnetic(More)
Diverticular disease of the colon is the fifth most important gastrointestinal disease in terms of direct and indirect health care costs in western countries. Uncomplicated diverticular disease is defined as the presence of diverticula in the absence of complications such as perforation, fistula, obstruction and/or bleeding. The distribution of diverticula(More)