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Alexander W Phillips, Barry Dent, Maziar Navidi, Arul Immanuel, S Michael Griffin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to determine whether trainee involvement in esophageal cancer resection is associated with adverse patient outcomes. BACKGROUND: Operative experience for surgical trainees is under threat. A number of factors have been implicated in this leading to fewer hours for training. Esophagogastric cancer training is particularly vulnerable due to the publication of individual surgeon results and a perception that dual consultant operating improves patient outcomes...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Francesco Cavallin, Marco Scarpa, Matteo Cagol, Rita Alfieri, Alberto Ruol, Vanna Chiarion Sileni, Ermanno Ancona, Carlo Castoro
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate trends in patients' characteristics and comorbidities in esophageal cancer (EC) patients. BACKGROUND: Identifying changing pattern is essential to understand and predict further changes and to plan surgical procedures and resource allocation. METHODS: Trends in patients' characteristics and comorbidities were evaluated in 4440 EC patients at the Center for Esophageal Diseases in Padova, Italy, during 1980 to 2011...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
T V K Herregods, A J P M Smout, J L S Ooi, D Sifrim, A J Bredenoord
BACKGROUND: With the advent of high-resolution manometry (HRM), a new diagnosis, jackhammer esophagus, was introduced. Little is known about this rare condition, and the relationship between symptoms and hypercontractility is not always straightforward. The aim of our study was to describe a large cohort of patients with jackhammer esophagus and to investigate whether manometric findings are associated with the presence of symptoms. METHODS: All patients from 06, 2014 until 12, 2015 seen at two tertiary centers with at least one hypercontractile swallow (distal contractile integral [DCI] >8000 mm Hg/s/cm) on HRM were analyzed...
October 17, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Nishitha Thumallapally, Uroosa Ibrahim, Mayurathan Kesavan, Qing Chang, Lynne Opitz, Meekoo Dhar, Sherif Andrawes
Granular cell tumors (GCTs) are soft tissue neoplasms that originate from Schwann cells. They occur predominantly in the oral cavity, skin, and breast tissues. Gastrointestinal GCTs are very rare, accounting for only eight percent of all GCTs, most of which are located in the esophagus. Endoscopic ultrasound has been a breakthrough in diagnosing GCTs because it provides precise information on the depth of tumor invasion, thus narrowing the differential diagnosis of subepithelial lesions in the esophagus. However, the definitive diagnosis requires histological confirmation of the lesion...
September 14, 2016: Curēus
Shigehisa Aoki, Yasuhisa Sakata, Ryo Shimoda, Toshiaki Takezawa, Ayumi Oshikata-Miyazaki, Hiromi Kimura, Mihoko Yamamoto, Ryuichi Iwakiri, Kazuma Fujimoto, Shuji Toda
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Extensive excision of the esophageal mucosa by endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) frequently evokes a luminal stricture. This study aimed to determine the efficacy of a high-density collagen patch for the prevention of esophageal stricture in extensive ESD. METHODS: Six pigs underwent circumferential esophageal ESD under general anesthesia. In 3 pigs, artificial ulcers were covered by 2 collagen patches. The other 3 pigs underwent circumferential ESD only...
October 14, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Janis C Weeks, William M Roberts, Kristin J Robinson, Melissa Keaney, Jon J Vermeire, Joseph F Urban, Shawn R Lockery, John M Hawdon
The screening of candidate compounds and natural products for anthelmintic activity is important for discovering new drugs against human and animal parasites. We previously validated in Caenorhabditis elegans a microfluidic device ('chip') that records non-invasively the tiny electrophysiological signals generated by rhythmic contraction (pumping) of the worm's pharynx. These electropharyngeograms (EPGs) are recorded simultaneously from multiple worms per chip, providing a medium-throughput readout of muscular and neural activity that is especially useful for compounds targeting neurotransmitter receptors and ion channels...
September 15, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
Sara Barbiero, Alexandra Rink, Fabrizio Matteucci, David Fedele, Fabiola Paiar, Francesco Pasqualetti, Michele Avanzo
PURPOSE: To report on single-fraction stereotactic body radiotherapy (RT) (SBRT) with flattening filter (FF)-free (FFF) volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for lung cancer and to compare dosimetric results with VMAT with FF. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Overall, 25 patients were treated with 6-MV FFF VMAT (Varian TrueBeam STx LINAC) to a prescribed dose of 24Gy in a single fraction. Treatment plans were recreated using FF VMAT. Dose-volume indices, monitor units (MU), and treatment times were compared between FFF and FF VMAT techniques...
October 14, 2016: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
Yusuke Tonai, Ryu Ishihara, Yasushi Yamasaki, Takashi Kanesaka, Sachiko Yamamoto, Tomofumi Akasaka, Noboru Hanaoka, Yoji Takeuchi, Koji Higashino, Noriya Uedo, Yasuhiko Tomita, Hiroyasu Iishi
Background and study aims: Better endoscopic diagnosis in case of Barrett's esophagus is still needed. White globe appearance (WGA) is a novel endoscopic marker for gastric adenocarcinoma, with high sensitivity for differentiating between gastric cancer/high-grade dysplasia and other lesions. We report 2 cases of esophageal adenocarcinoma with WGA. In Case 1, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) revealed a 10-mm esophageal adenocarcinoma in a 48-year-old Japanese woman with short-segment Barrett's esophagus. A small (< 1 mm) white globular lesion, typical of WGA, was observed under the epithelium by magnifying narrow-band imaging...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Javier Romero-Vázquez, Ángel Caunedo-Álvarez, Alba Belda-Cuesta, Victoria Alejandra Jiménez-García, Francisco Pellicer-Bautista, Juan Manuel Herrerías-Gutiérrez
Background and study aims: Colon capsules display images from the moment they are ingested, making the study of other extracolonic areas possible. The aim of this study was to analyze the significance of these extracolonic findings. Patients and methods: In this single-center, prospective study, 165 patients underwent colon capsule endoscopy (CCE) between September 2009 and October 2012 to rule out colonic pathology. Images were recorded, without interruptions, from the moment the capsule was ingested until its battery ran out...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Fouad Otaki, Prasad G Iyer
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October 13, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Sadamoto Zenda, Takashi Kojima, Ken Kato, Sachiko Izumi, Taijiro Ozawa, Naomi Kiyota, Chikatoshi Katada, Takahiro Tsushima, Yoshinori Ito, Tetsuo Akimoto, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Miyuki Kanamaru, Hiroyuki Daiko
PURPOSE: To clarify, in a multicenter, single-arm, phase 2 study (UMIN Clinical Trials Registry no. UMIN000001439), the clinical profile of chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for cervical esophageal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with operable cervical esophageal cancer, excluding candidates for endoscopic resection, were enrolled. Protocol treatment consisted of CRT and adjuvant chemotherapy (CT). First, patients received concurrent CRT with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) plus cisplatin (CDDP)...
September 3, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Suk Keu Yeom, Chang Hee Lee, Sang Hoon Cha
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October 15, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Ahmad S Ashrafi, Michael J Horkoff, Waleed M Mohammad, Shaheer Tadros, Sudhir Sundaresan
INTRODUCTION: Boerhaave's syndrome is defined as the spontaneous perforation of the esophagus. Although it has been reported in association with different gastrointestinal pathologies, there are no previous reports in association with an incarcerated inguinal hernia containing ischemic small bowel. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present an unusual case of a gentleman who presented with severe chest pain after a 24-h period of emesis. He was found to have developed an esophageal perforation presumed secondary to an incarcerated inguinal hernia causing small bowel obstruction...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Anna Kurayev, Alice B Gottlieb
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case in which a patient developed Candida esophagitis (CE) after treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD) with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) for 22 months. CASE SUMMARY: A 59-year-old Caucasian female with long-standing history of AD successfully treated with MMF presented to the dermatology clinic for follow-up appointment with 3 months' history of projectile vomiting, choking, and trouble swallowing. Patient underwent esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) that demonstrated whitish plaques in esophagus consistent with CE, which was confirmed by biopsy and cytology...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Nurdan Tözün, Eser Vardareli
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are the leading cause of mortality worldwide. These cancers are the end result of a complex interplay between gene and environment. Bacteria, parasites, and viruses have been implicated in some cancers. Recent data have put at focus the gut microbiome as the key player firing tumorigenesis. Experimental and human studies have provided evidence on the role of microbiota in cancer development. Although subject to changes in different settings such as antibiotic treatment, diet or lifestyle, our microbiome is quite stable and is capable of increasing susceptibility to cancer or decrease and halt its progression...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
H Ogino, Y Fujimichi, M Sasaki, N Hamada, T Iwasaki, K Yoshida, T Hattori
The attribution of stochastic effects to exposure to ionizing radiation has been qualitatively discussed by introducing two distinct concepts of provability and probability. This study aims to develop a method of quantitatively assessing the provability of radiation-related cancers. To this end, the 'minimum provable dose' (MPD) was developed and applied to actual cancer mortality in Japan. The background lifetime risk of cancer mortality was calculated for the esophagus, stomach, colon, liver, lungs, skin, breasts, ovaries, bladder, and bone marrow as well as the age-specific risk coefficients reproducing those given in the 2007 Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Hasret Ayyildiz Civan, Didem Gulcu, Tulay Erkan
Benzalkonium chloride (BAC) is a caustic agent which is used in farms, homes and hospitals for cleaning skin and wounds as an antiseptic solution. It may lead to digestive system injuries in case of ingestion. We present a two-days-old newborn case which was carried to the emergency unit with complaints of poor breastfeeding, uneasiness and crying for 4-6 hours. Her mom confessed that she had given a spoon of 10% BAC solution for her cough. Initial laboratory tests were in normal ranges. A gastroscopy performed in the second hour of her admission revealed an hyperemic and edematous mucosa in the middle third of esophagus and a circumferential ulceration followed in the distal portion...
September 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Chun Woo Lim, Min Hwan Park, Hyun Jeong Do, Jung-Sook Yeom, Ji Sook Park, Eun Sil Park, Ji Hyun Seo, Jung Je Park, Jae Young Lim, Chan Hoo Park, Hyang-Ok Woo, Hee-Shang Youn
PURPOSE: The management and clinical course in pediatric patients who had ingested foreign body were investigated retrospectively to evaluate the frequency and factor associated with successful removal of fishbone foreign body. METHODS: Based on the medical records of patients younger than 15 years old who visited emergency room because of foreign body ingestion from January 1999 to December 2012, the authors reviewed clinical characteristics including type of ingested foreign bodies, time to visits, managements and complications...
September 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Ken-Ichi Mizuno, Kazuya Takahashi, Kentaro Tominaga, Yuki Nishigaki, Hiroki Sato, Satoshi Ikarashi, Kazunao Hayashi, Takashi Yamamoto, Yutaka Honda, Satoru Hashimoto, Kenya Kamimura, Manabu Takeuchi, Junji Yokoyama, Yuichi Sato, Masaaki Kobayashi, Shuji Terai
Background. Dentures and dental instruments are frequently encountered ingested foreign bodies. The aim of the present study was to assess the safety and efficacy of endoscopically removing ingested dental objects. Methods. Twenty-nine consecutive patients with 29 dental objects who were treated at the Niigata University Medical and Dental Hospital from August 2009 to December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Characteristics of the patients and the ingested dental objects, the clinical features and findings of radiological imaging tests, and outcomes of endoscopic removal were analyzed...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Cengiz Gemici, Gokhan Yaprak, Hasan Fevzi Batirel, Mahmut Ilhan, Alpaslan Mayadagli
BACKGROUND: Locoregional recurrence is a major problem in esophageal cancer patients treated with definitive concomitant chemoradiotherapy. Approximately half of the patients fail locoregionally. We analyzed the impact of enlarged radiation field size and higher radiation dose incorporated to chemoradiotherapy on oncologic outcome. METHODS: Seventy-four consecutive patients with histologically proven nonmetastatic squamous or adenocarcinoma of the esophagus were included in this retrospective analysis...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
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