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The resistance rates of Helicobacter pylori to amoxicillin and metronidazole therapy are higher in eastern Taiwan as compared to national and worldwide rates. The high resistance rate in this territory justified a search for a better eradication regimen. We conducted an open-labeled, prospective, randomized, and controlled study in a tertiary referral(More)
BACKGROUND Asymptomatic erosive esophagitis by definition is a condition lacking any reflux symptom. AIMS We aimed to investigate the prevalence of asymptomatic erosive esophagitis in a general population undergoing periodic health checkup. METHODS Consecutive subjects undergoing a medical checkup were enrolled for evaluation of reflux disease with(More)
OBJECTIVES Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are highly prevalent in the general population, with significant symptom overlap, whereas the interaction between both remains poorly understood. We aim to identify the clinical and psychological factors that contribute toward the overlap of GERD and IBS. PATIENTS AND(More)
Strongyloidiasis, caused by Strongyloides stercoralis, is endemic in tropical and subtropical regions. Whether or not the infection rate is higher among indigenous populations in Taiwan remains unclear. The aim of our study was to assess the racial demographics, diagnoses and clinical details of strongyloidiasis. A total of 41 patients (27 males and 14(More)
Insulinoma in a patient with pre-existing diabetes is extremely rare. A 74-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes mellitus who had been treated with a sulfonylurea for 6 years began experiencing frequent episodes of hypoglycemia. Endogenous hyperinsulinism was found 9 months after the sulfonylurea was discontinued, and transabdominal ultrasonography and(More)
OBJECTIVE Acute administration of 5-hydroxytryptamine4 (5-HT4) receptor agonist, mosapride or esophageal infusion of the transient receptor potential vanilloid receptor-1 (TRPV1) agonist capsaicin promotes secondary peristalsis. We aimed to investigate whether acute esophageal instillation of capsaicin-containing red pepper sauce or administration of(More)
Pyogenic liver abscess of odontogenic origin in an immunocompetent patient is extremely rare. We report an immunocompetent 25-year-old male hepatitis B carrier with severe dental disease that led to the development of liver abscess. A periapical abscess in the upper left molar area was seen on his dental X-ray. Two sets of blood cultures grew Prevotella(More)