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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817987/targeting-cannabinoid-receptors-in-gastrointestinal-cancers-for-therapeutic-uses-current-status-and-future-perspectives
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Ester Pagano, Francesca Borrelli
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August 18, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805088/the-current-therapeutic-options-for-crohn-s-disease-from-medical-therapy-to-intestinal-transplantation
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Augusto Lauro, Francesco D'Amico, Gabriel Gondolesi
Crohn's disease (CD) has an annual incidence per 100.000 person-year of 20.2 in North America and 12.7 in Europe, and the purpose of this review is to evaluate its medical management, from diagnosis to transplant. Pharmacologic manipulation with nutritional care aims to achieve and maintain remission, but more than half of patients will undergo an intestinal resection, very often repeated over time. They could experience short bowel syndrome (SBS) requiring total parenteral nutrition (TPN). Intestinal transplantation (ITx) represents an alternative in case of irreversible intestinal failure (IF) with life-threatening TPN complications...
August 14, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803528/the-role-of-endoscopy-in-eosinophilic-esophagitis-from-diagnosis-to-therapy
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Alfredo J Lucendo, Ángel Arias, Javier Molina-Infante, Laura Arias-González
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) has arisen as a common disorder in current clinical and endoscopic gastroenterology practice. Areas covered: A comprehensive review of the literature to summarize and update different aspects related with the use of endoscopy in the diagnostic workout and treatment of pediatric and adult EoE patients is conducted. Expert commentary: Endoscopic features in EoE are frequently subtle, so were inadverted in some initial reports of the disease. Literature has described a wide number of EoE-associated features, systematized in the EREFS classification, which standardized the grade and severity of exudates, rings, edema, furrows, and strictures...
August 14, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803487/a-mechanism-based-approach-to-management-of-children-with-end-stage-liver-disease
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Allah B Haafiz
Due to parallel advances in surgical and acute care disciplines, liver transplantation (LT) has revolutionized the outlook for children with end-stage liver disease (ESLD). Contrary to advances in technical aspects of LT and the peri-operative care, pre-transplant management of ESLD remains quite a formidable challenge. Areas covered: This review provides mechanisms based management strategies to address common complications of ESLD including malnutrition, amended metabolic pathways, gastrointestinal dysfunction, and development of ascites...
August 14, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752768/effects-of-antiviral-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-and-cirrhosis
#5
Masako Okada, Masaru Enomoto, Norifumi Kawada, Mindie H Nguyen
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is the major cause of cirrhosis worldwide. The ultimate goal of current antiviral treatments for chronic hepatitis B (nucleos(t)ide analogs and interferon-α) is to prevent the development of end-stage liver diseases. Areas covered: We present a review of the current literature on antiviral therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis B and cirrhosis. Medline search was performed to identify relevant literature from 1993 through January of 2017. Expert commentary: One randomized controlled trial and a number of observational studies have shown that nucleos(t)ide analogs can decrease the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in chronic hepatitis B patients with advanced fibrosis...
July 28, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745070/management-options-for-cholestatic-liver-disease-in-children
#6
Andrea Catzola, Pietro Vajro
Due to a peculiar age-dependent increased susceptibility, neonatal cholestasis affects the liver of approximately 1 in every 2500 term infants. A high index of suspicion is the key to an early diagnosis, and to implement timely, often life-saving treatments. Even when specific treatment is not available or curative, prompt medical management and optimization of nutrition are of paramount importance to survival and avoidance of complications. Areas covered: The present article will prominently focus on a series of newer diagnostic and therapeutic options of cholestasis in neonates and infants blended with consolidated established paradigms...
July 28, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708431/comparative-efficacy-of-vasoconstrictor-therapies-for-type-1-hepatorenal-syndrome-a-network-meta-analysis
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Ji-Na Zheng, Yi-Jing Han, Tian-Tian Zou, Yu-Jie Zhou, Dan-Qin Sun, Jian-Hong Zhong, Martin Braddock, Ming-Hua Zheng
The outcome of a comparative efficacy and safety of vasoconstrictor therapies for treatment of patients with type 1 hepatorenal syndrome (HRS-1) remain inconclusive. Areas covered: We searched literature databases for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) until 31 January 2016, and included ten eligible RCTs. In conclusion, terlipressin was the most efficacious vasoconstrictor drug for HRS-1, but had a higher probability of causing AEs. Norepinephrine was an attractive alternative to terlipressin and associated with less AEs...
July 27, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712319/primary-liver-cancer-genome-sequencing-translational-implications-and-challenges
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Demosthenes E Ziogas, Ioannis D Kyrochristos, Georgios K Glantzounis, Dimitrios Christodoulou, Evangelos Felekouras, Dimitrios H Roukos
The prognosis of primary liver cancer (PLC) remains poor and is explained by the slow progress in understanding the molecular pathways driving tumorigenesis, therapeutic resistance and relapse. For early PLCs, complete surgical resection is the only effective treatment, with sorafenib and, more recently, regorafenib prolonging overall survival by a few months. Areas covered: Application of next-generation sequencing (NGS), including targeted NGS (tNGS), whole-exome sequencing (WES), whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and RNA sequencing (RNAseq), on clinical samples from patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) could aid in comprehending tumorigenesis, genetic and genomic heterogeneity, as well as developing molecular classifications for specialized targeted therapy...
July 26, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737951/monitoring-of-small-bowel-crohn-s-disease
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Uri Kopylov, Anastasios Koulaouzidis, Eyal Klang, Dan Carter, Shomron Ben-Horin, Rami Eliakim
In recent years, the therapeutic paradigm in Crohn's disease has shifted from a mere symptom-oriented approach, to aiming to healing of the underlying inflammation and prevention of long-term structural complications. Such "treat-to-target" approach may allow for a more stable disease course with less hospitalizations, lower requirement for surgery and improved quality of life. In Crohn's disease, the small bowel is affected in the majority of patients; frequently, Crohn's involves only the small bowel, which remains inaccessible to conventional ileocolonoscopic techniques...
July 24, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737484/the-effect-of-fiber-and-prebiotics-on-children-s-gastrointestinal-disorders-and-microbiome
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Carrie A M Wegh, Margriet H C Schoterman, Elaine E Vaughan, Clara Belzer, Marc A Benninga
The bacteria received upon birth are the start of colonization of the approximately 10(14) bacteria that are present in the mature human gastrointestinal tract, better known as the microbiota. The gut microbiota is implicated in gastrointestinal health, nutrient metabolism and benefits such as prevention of infection. Dietary fiber, including prebiotics, escape digestion in the small intestine and reach the colon intact, where they are partially or completely fermented by the gut microbiota. Areas covered: The possible interactions between dietary fiber, prebiotics and microbiota are discussed as well as how this relates to functional gastrointestinal disorders...
July 24, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737439/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-is-bowel-preparation-still-necessary-in-small-bowel-capsule-endoscopy
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Diana E Yung, Emanuele Rondonotti, Catherine Sykes, Marco Pennazio, John N Plevris, Anastastios Koulaouzidis
INTRODUCTION: Optimal bowel preparation for small bowel capsule endoscopy(SBCE) is controversial. This meta-analysis aimed to investigate the effects of laxatives in SBCE. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was conducted for studies investigating the use of laxatives in SBCE. The primary outcome was diagnostic yield(DY) for SB findings; secondary outcomes SB visualization quality(SBVQ) and completion rate(CR). Pooled odds ratios(ORs) with 95% confidence intervals(CIs) and number needed to treat(NNT) were calculated...
July 24, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712339/the-role-of-bariatric-surgery-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Daniel Shouhed, Justin Steggerda, Miguel Burch, Mazen Noureddin
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects between 25% and 33% of the population, is more common in obese individuals, and is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the United States. However, despite rising prevalence, effective treatments remain limited. Areas covered: We performed a literature search across multiple databases (Pubmed, Medline, etc.) to identify significant original research and review articles to provide an up-to-date and concise overview of disease pathogenesis and diagnostic evaluation and to expand on available treatment options with a specific focus on the potential role of bariatric surgery...
July 21, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678570/head-and-neck-subcutaneous-emphysema-a-rare-complication-of-iatrogenic-perforation-during-colonoscopy-management-review-of-reported-cases-from-2000-2016
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Mathew John Lee, Tara M Connelly
INTRODUCTION: Subcutaneous face and neck emphysema secondary to colonic perforation is a rare complication of colonoscopy. Presentation may be complicated by pneumothorax and/or respiratory distress. Evidence limited to case studies. Therefore, no management consensus of these rarely reported cases exists. METHODS: All cases published on PubMed between 1 January 2000-1 November 2016 reporting subcutaneous face and/or neck emphysema after colonoscopy are included...
July 19, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697656/impact-of-liver-transplantation-on-the-risk-of-second-malignant-tumors-among-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients
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Hani Oweira, Jan Schmidt, Daniel Helbling, Ulf Petrausch, Othmar Schöb, Arianeb Mehrabi, Anwar Giryes, Hazem Elhadedy, Omar Abdel-Rahman
BACKGROUND: Population-based data on the development of second malignant neoplasms (SMNs) following the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are uncommon. We evaluated this clinical vignette in HCC patients within the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database. METHODS: The SEER database (1973-2012) was queried using the SEER*Stat program to determine the clinico-pathological features of HCC patients with more than one year survival who developed SMNs...
July 18, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708427/monitoring-and-detection-of-disease-recurrence-after-resection-for-crohn-s-disease-the-role-of-non-invasive-fecal-biomarkers
#15
Takayuki Yamamoto, Takahiro Shimoyama
Ileocolonoscopy is the gold standard for the diagnosis and assessment of postoperative recurrence in Crohn's disease (CD). Nevertheless, endoscopy is time-consuming and invasive. A minimally invasive and simple screening test would improve patient adherence to examination and provide greater clinical benefit. A number of fecal biomarkers have been evaluated for their utility for the diagnosis and monitoring of inflammatory bowel disease as alternative tests to endoscopy. Area covered: In this review, we focused on the utility of fecal biomarkers in the management of postoperative CD...
July 14, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707966/targeted-molecular-ablation-of-cancer-stem-cells-for-curing-gastrointestinal-cancers
#16
Yong Seok Kim, Ho Jae Lee, Jong-Min Park, Young-Min Han, Napapan Kangwan, Ji Young Oh, Dong Yoon Lee, Ki Baik Hahm
Abundance of the ATPase-binding cassette (ABC) transporters and deranged self-renewal pathways characterize the presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in gastrointestinal cancers (GI cancers), which play crucial roles in tumorigenesis, chemotherapy resistance, tumor recurrence, and cancer metastasis. Therefore, in order to ensure high cure rates, chemoquiescence, CSCs should be ablated. Recent advances in either understanding CSCs or biomarker identification enable scientists to develop techniques for ablating CSCs and clinicians to provide cancer cure, especially in GI cancers characterized by inflammation-driven carcinogenesis...
July 14, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705042/musculoskeletal-injuries-in-gastrointestinal-endoscopists-a-systematic-review
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Diana E Yung, Tommaso Banfi, Gastone Ciuti, Alberto Arezzo, Paolo Dario, Anastasios Koulaouzidis
INTRODUCTION: Gastrointestinal(GI) endoscopy forms a significant proportion of clinicians' workloads. However, little attention is given to the ergonomic aspects of endoscopy. This systematic review of musculoskeletal pain and/or injuries in GI endoscopists aims to better understand the types of occupational injuries resulting from endoscopic procedures and associated risk factors. Areas covered: Systematic literature search conducted for articles evaluating prevalence, risk factors and mechanism of musculoskeletal pain and/or injuries related to GI endoscopy...
July 14, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661190/current-clinical-evidence-for-nucleos-t-ide-analogues-in-patients-with-hbv-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#18
Yiqi Yu, Jingwen Ai, Wenhong Zhang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of death globally and is frequently seen following Hepatitis B virus (HBV) or Hepatitis C virus infection. Areas with high HBV infection rates, such as Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, are therefore also high-risk areas for HCC. Areas covered: This review identifies and discusses the current evidence from robust clinical trials which have investigated the benefits of Nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) antiviral therapy in HBV-related HCC patients, including HCC patients that underwent liver transplantation and HCC patients with or without curative treatment...
June 29, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612637/treatment-options-for-children-and-adolescents-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-is-granulomonocytapheresis-an-effective-alternative-to-drug-therapy
#19
Tomotaka Tanaka, Takayuki Yamamoto, Koji Sawada, Rodolfo Sacco
Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) require life-long medications, which even if effective have the potential to cause adverse effects as additional morbidity factors. In pediatric patients, drug therapy has more serious limitations, including impaired physical and mental development. A non-drug therapeutic option is believed to be depletion of elevated and activated granulocytes and monocytes known to release inflammatory cytokines, like the CD14+CD16+ monocyte phenotype known to release tumor necrosis factor-α...
June 28, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650209/the-intestinal-barrier-a-fundamental-role-in-health-and-disease
#20
Maaike Vancamelbeke, Séverine Vermeire
The gastrointestinal mucosa constitutes a critical barrier where millions of microbes and environmental antigens come in close contact with the host immune system. Intestinal barrier defects have been associated with a broad range of diseases and therefore denote a new therapeutic target. Areas covered: This review is based on an extensive literature search in PubMed of how the intestinal barrier contributes to health and as a trigger for disease. It discusses the anatomy of the intestinal barrier and explains the available methods to evaluate its function...
June 26, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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