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Waqas Haque, Abu Minhajuddin, Arjun Gupta, Deepak Agrawal
BACKGROUND: Almost all medical journals now require authors to publicly disclose conflicts of interests (COI). The same standard and scrutiny is rarely employed for the editors of the journals although COI may affect editorial decisions. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study to determine the prevalence and magnitude of financial relationships among editors of 60 influential US medical journals (10 each for internal medicine and five subspecialties: cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology and allergy & immunology)...
2018: PloS One
Charles W Kimbrough, Jordan M Cloyd, Timothy M Pawlik
Since their initial description, perihilar cholangiocarcinoma (pCCA) has remained one of the more clinically challenging scenarios encountered by hepatobiliary surgeons. Surgery remains the only potentially curative therapy, but requires complex, technically demanding operations with high associated morbidity and mortality. Over the last several decades, advances in surgical technique and perioperative management have improved patient outcomes. Areas Covered: Achievement of optimal outcomes requires a multidisciplinary approach from a team of providers with expertise in hepatobiliary and oncologic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and advanced gastroenterology...
May 4, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Mark R Quinlan, Damien M Bolton, Rowan G Casey
INTRODUCTION: Since the advent of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based testing, transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-guided prostate biopsy has become a standard part of the diagnostic pathway for prostate cancer (PCa). Rectal bleeding is one of the common side effects of this transrectal route. While rectal bleeding is usually mild and self-limiting, it can be life-threatening. In this article, we examine rectal bleeding post TRUS-guided prostate biopsy and explore the literature to evaluate techniques and strategies aimed at preventing and managing this common and important complication...
December 22, 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Andrew S Day, Ajay S Gulati, Nishaben Patel, Brendan Boyle, K T Park, Shehzad A Saeed
The treatment goal for children suffering from inflammatory bowel disease has been evolving with biologic therapies like anti-tumor necrosis factor agents assuming a more central role in treatment of more aggressive and extensive phenotype. Earlier introduction of anti-tumor necrosis factor agents have shown to be more effective and may even alter the natural history of inflammatory bowel disease. Development of anti-drug antibodies, however, limits long-term usage and leads to dose adjustment in almost half of patients treated with these medications...
February 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Evan S Dellon, Ikuo Hirano
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) has emerged over the past 2 decades as a major cause of upper gastrointestinal morbidity. Over this time, the epidemiology of EoE has also rapidly evolved. EoE has transformed from a rare case-reportable condition to disease that is commonly encountered in the gastroenterology clinic, hospital emergency room, and endoscopy suite. The incidence and prevalence are increasing at rates that outpace increased disease recognition. Current incidence estimates range from 5 to 10 cases per 100,000, and current prevalence estimates range from 0...
January 2018: Gastroenterology
James M Scheiman
The recent publication of evidence-based guidelines by the American Gastroenterological Association for the management of the incidental pancreatic cyst has stimulated considerable discussion among clinicians and researchers. The guidelines examined the evidence in an accompanying technical review defining current diagnostic approaches, as well as cyst natural history. Recognizing that the risk of malignant degeneration of these cystic neoplasms has been overestimated, the guidelines boldly increased thresholds for endoscopic ultrasound imaging and cyst fluid sampling, as well as proposing a reduced frequency of surveillance compared with previous expert consensus recommendations...
July 2017: Pancreas
Andrea Z Ali-Panzarella, Tamika J Bryant, Hannah Marcovitch, Jeffery D Lewis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We highlight the need for a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis of medical child abuse, also known as factitious disorder imposed on another (FDIA) or Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP), and review our experience focusing on the variety of symptoms that often present to the pediatric gastroenterologist many months before the diagnosis is made. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent literature on medical child abuse, mostly case reports, is markedly limited, highlighting a need for increased research on this topic...
April 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
J Matthias Löhr, Enrique Dominguez-Munoz, Jonas Rosendahl, Marc Besselink, Julia Mayerle, Markus M Lerch, Stephan Haas, Fatih Akisik, Nikolaos Kartalis, Julio Iglesias-Garcia, Jutta Keller, Marja Boermeester, Jens Werner, Jean-Marc Dumonceau, Paul Fockens, Asbjorn Drewes, Gürlap Ceyhan, Björn Lindkvist, Joost Drenth, Nils Ewald, Philip Hardt, Enrique de Madaria, Heiko Witt, Alexander Schneider, Riccardo Manfredi, Frøkjer J Brøndum, Sasa Rudolf, Thomas Bollen, Marco Bruno
BACKGROUND: There have been substantial improvements in the management of chronic pancreatitis, leading to the publication of several national guidelines during recent years. In collaboration with United European Gastroenterology, the working group on 'Harmonizing diagnosis and treatment of chronic pancreatitis across Europe' (HaPanEU) developed these European guidelines using an evidence-based approach. METHODS: Twelve multidisciplinary review groups performed systematic literature reviews to answer 101 predefined clinical questions...
March 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
Linda N Nilsson, Margaret G Keane, Awad Shamali, Judith Millastre Bocos, Monica Marijinissen van Zanten, Anne Antila, Cristina Verdejo Gil, Marco Del Chiaro, Johanna Laukkarinen
BACKGROUND: The current management of pancreatic mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCN) is defined by the consensus European, International Association of Pancreatology and American College of Gastroenterology guidelines. However, the criterion for surgical resection remains uncertain and differs between these guidelines. Therefore through this systematic review of the existing literature we aimed to better define the natural history and prognosis of these lesions, in order to clarify recommendations for future management...
November 2016: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
Catherine A O'Neill, Giovanni Monteleone, John T McLaughlin, Ralf Paus
As crucial interface organs gut and skin have much in common. Therefore it is unsurprising that several gut pathologies have skin co-morbidities. Nevertheless, the reason for this remains ill explored, and neither mainstream gastroenterology nor dermatology research have systematically investigated the 'gut-skin axis'. Here, in reviewing the field, we propose several mechanistic levels on which gut and skin may interact under physiological and pathological circumstances. We focus on the gut microbiota, with its huge metabolic capacity, and the role of dietary components as potential principle actors along the gut-skin axis...
November 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Shahida A Khan, Aziz M Khan, Sajjad Karim, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Ghazi A Damanhouri, Zeenat Mirza
Nigella sativa (NS) or black cumin is a dark, thin, and crescent-shaped, seeded shrub belonging to the Ranunculaceae family commonly growing on Mediterranean coasts in Saudi Arabia, northern Africa and Asia. They have amazing curative and therapeutic features that make them one of the most popular, safe, non-detrimental, and cytoprotective medicinal plant that can be used for prevention and treatment of many complicated diseases. Originally, N. sativa was used to treat migraines and allergy, and researches have shown its effectiveness in destroying cancer cells as well...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Maddalena Napolitano, Matteo Megna, Anna Balato, Fabio Ayala, Serena Lembo, Alessia Villani, Nicola Balato
Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated, inflammatory skin disease, affecting 1-3% of the white population. Although the existence of two psoriasis incidence peaks has been suggested (one in adolescence before 20 years of age and another in adulthood), its onset may occur at any age, including childhood and adolescence, in which the incidence is now estimated at 40.8 per 100,000. As for adult psoriasis, pediatric psoriasis has recently been associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased waist circumference percentiles and metabolic laboratory abnormalities, warranting early monitoring and lifestyle modifications...
June 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
Eugene P DiMagno, Matthew J DiMagno
On May 16, 2015 at the invitation of the American Gastroenterological Association Institute Council E.P.D. presented a state-of-the-art lecture at Digestive Disease Week 2015. The aims were to discuss a selection of landmark papers in chronic pancreatitis (CP) that influence modern management and to conclude by suggesting some future directions. This is based on that presentation. We will specifically review the following: duct anatomy and pancreas divisum, description of chronic relapsing pancreatitis and its differentiation from recurrent acute pancreatitis and established CP (ECP), natural histories and gene discoveries of alcoholic, idiopathic and hereditary pancreatitis, development of pancreatic cancer in CP, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and calculation of dose and delivery of enzymes, endoscopic ultrasonography, and autoimmune pancreatitis...
May 2016: Pancreas
Zhi Ven Fong, Cristina R Ferrone, Keith D Lillemoe, Carlos Fernández-Del Castillo
With the widespread use and advances in radiographic imaging, Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMNs) of the pancreas are identified with increasing frequency. Although many studies have addressed its biology and treatment, true understanding of its natural history continues to elude us. Its malignant potential places careproviders in a clinical dilemma of balancing the morbidity of pancreatectomy against the risk of malignant transformation while under continuous surveillance. Recently, there have been conflicting data published in the literature, generating more uncertainty in the field...
May 2016: Annals of Surgery
Shafqat Mehmood, Muhammad Qayyum Khan
BACKGROUND: Ovarian carcinoma is the fourth most common malignant disease of women. Types of ovarian carcinoma, including serous, mucinous, endometrioid, and transitional carcinoma, differ from each other with respect to morphology, genetic alterations and in their clinical course. Ovary is a common site for tumour metastases with 5-30% of ovarian cancers metastatic in nature. Differentiating primary from metastatic mucinous ovarian adenocarcinoma is often challenging. We assessed the usefulness of colonoscopy...
April 2015: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Hirohito Mori, Hideki Kobara, Noriko Nishiyama, Shintaro Fujihara, Tsutomu Masaki
Natural-orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) using flexible endoscopy has attracted attention as a minimally invasive surgical method that does not cause an operative wound on the body surface. However, minimizing the number of devices involved in endoscopic, compared to laparoscopic, surgeries has remained a challenge, causing endoscopic surgeries to gradually be phased out of use. If a flexible endoscopic full-thickness suturing device and a counter-traction device were developed to expand the surgical field for gastrointestinal-tract collapse, then endoscopic full-thickness resection using NOTES, which is seen as an extension of endoscopic submucosal dissection for full-thickness excision of tumors involving the gastrointestinal-tract wall, might become an extremely minimally invasive surgical method that could be used to resect only full-thickness lesions approached by the shortest distance via the mouth...
September 23, 2015: Gut and Liver
Ankur Arora, S Rajesh, Amar Mukund, Yashwant Patidar, Shalini Thapar, Asit Arora, Vikram Bhatia
PURPOSE: Paraduodenal pancreatitis (PP) is a unique form of focal chronic pancreatitis that selectively involves the duodenum and aberrant pancreatic tissue located near the minor papilla (beyond the pancreas proper). The pseudotumoral nature of the disease often generates considerable clinical quandary and patient apprehension, and therefore merits a better understanding. The present study appraises the clinicoradiological manifestations of PP in 33 patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clinical, laboratory, and radiological manifestations of 33 patients of PP treated in gastroenterology/hepatology and hepato-pancreatico-biliary surgery units during June 2010-August 2014 were retrospectively reviewed...
July 2015: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
Yongjun Wang, John K MacDonald, Ben Vandermeer, Anne Marie Griffiths, Wael El-Matary
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate, a folate antagonist, is an immunosuppressant drug that is effective for treating several inflammatory disorders including Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis, a related chronic inflammatory bowel disease, can be challenging to treat. T his updated systematic review summarizes the current evidence on the use of methotrexate for induction maintenance of remission in ulcerative colitis. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this review were to assess the efficacy and safety of methotrexate for maintenance of remission in patients with ulcerative colitis...
2015: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Andrew S Brock, Don C Rockey
One of the most important advances in gastroenterology has been the use of endoscopic hemostasis techniques to control nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding, particularly when high-risk stigmata are present. Several options are available, including injection therapy, sprays/topical agents, electrocautery, and mechanical methods. The method chosen depends on the nature of the lesion and experience of the endoscopist. This article reviews the available mechanical hemostatic modalities.
July 2015: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
Javier Ramos-Torrecillas, Elvira De Luna-Bertos, Olga García-Martínez, Concepción Ruiz
INTRODUCTION: Many elements are involved in the regenerative processof injured tissues, such as cytokines and growth factors. Growth factors contained in platelets represent an important physiological mixture of factors that may be involved in the healing process. METHOD: A literature review on the role played by certain biomolecules, such as growth factors and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), in the healing of different tissues and on their therapeutic use to promote this process was undertaken...
July 2014: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
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