Thierry Ponchon

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BACKGROUND Although metallic stents remain patent longer than plastic stents, the optimal palliation of inoperable malignant biliary strictures remains controversial because of the high cost of metallic stents and short patient survival. METHODS A total of 101 patients (mean age 72.5+/-12.9 years) with malignant strictures of the common bile duct were(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Clarification of the position of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) regarding the interventional options available for treating patients with chronic pancreatitis. METHODS Systematic literature search to answer explicit key questions with levels of evidence serving to determine recommendation grades. The ESGE(More)
UNLABELLED This Guideline is an official statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE). The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system 1 2 was adopted to define the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence. MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS 1 ESGE recommends endoscopic en bloc resection for(More)
BACKGROUND An ingestible capsule consisting of an endoscope equipped with a video camera at both ends was designed to explore the colon. This study compared capsule endoscopy with optical colonoscopy for the detection of colorectal polyps and cancer. METHODS We performed a prospective, multicenter study comparing capsule endoscopy with optical colonoscopy(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is a technique for "en bloc" resection of superficial tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. In France, experience with this technique is still limited. We wanted to assess the development of ESD in France, with special attention to short term outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS Members of the(More)
BACKGROUND The systematic use of metal stents to treat biliary obstruction is restricted by high cost compared with plastic stents. The aims of this study were to compare cost and efficacy of plastic stents and metal stents in the treatment of patients with malignant common bile duct strictures and to define factors that predict survival of these patients.(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Histology is the gold standard for the diagnosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. However, the negative predictive value of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) for the diagnosis remains low. The aims of this prospective multicenter study were: (1) to compare the performance of contrast-harmonic EUS (CH-EUS)(More)
BACKGROUND Before considering a nonsurgical method of management of a bile duct stenosis, a tissue diagnosis is highly desirable. In a prospective study we have evaluated the feasibility and reliability of endobiliary brush cytology and biopsies performed at the time of endoscopic retrograde cholangiography. METHODS Two hundred thirty-three consecutive(More)
Atrophic gastritis, intestinal metaplasia, and epithelial dysplasia of the stomach are common and are associated with an increased risk for gastric cancer. In the absence of guidelines, there is wide disparity in the management of patients with these premalignant conditions. The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the European Helicobacter Study(More)