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X R Feng, M L Liu, F Liu, Y Fan, Q P Tian
OBJECTIVE: To assess the consequences of switching aspirin dosage from 100 mg/d to 40 mg/d on cardiovascular benefit, bleeding risk and platelet aggregation in very elderly patients. METHODS: Arachidonic acid induced platelet aggregation(AA-Ag) was measured in 537 patients aged 80 or older treated with aspirin (100 mg/d). In the study, 100 patients with low on-treatment platelet aggregation and at high risk of bleeding and low risk of cardiovascular events, were switched to aspirin (40 mg/d) and their platelet aggregation was measured again 7 days later...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Alan N Barkun, Viviane Adam, Yidan Lu, Yen-I Chen, Myriam Martel
GOALS: We compared the cost-effectiveness of traditional recommended endoscopic hemostatic therapies and Hemospray alone or in combination when treating nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (NVUGIB). BACKGROUND: Hemospray (TC-325) is a novel endoscopic hemostatic powder, achieving hemostasis through adherence to actively bleeding biological surfaces. STUDY: A decision tree of patients with NVUGIB assessed 4 possible treatment strategies: traditional therapy alone (T), Hemospray alone (H), traditional therapy completed by Hemospray if needed (T+H), or Hemospray completed by traditional therapy if needed (H+T)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Davide Capodanno, Dominick J Angiolillo
Daily administration of low-dose of aspirin has proven to be beneficial in preventing recurrent cardiovascular events. However, the role of aspirin for primary prevention in patients with no overt cardiovascular disease is more controversial. In fact, in lower risk patients, the modest benefit in reducing serious vascular events can be offset by the increased risk of bleeding, including intracranial and gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Diabetes mellitus (DM) has been associated with a substantially increased risk of both first and recurrent atherothrombotic events, which makes aspirin therapy of potential value in these subjects...
October 11, 2016: Circulation
Ken Okumura, Masatsugu Hori, Norio Tanahashi, A John Camm
Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is a risk factor for stroke in elderly patients. Although warfarin has been used to prevent AF-associated stroke for more than 50 years, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) including dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban recently have been developed to overcome the disadvantages of warfarin. Based on the results of NOAC clinical trials, Savelieva and Camm made recommendations regarding selection of NOACs in patients with nonvalvular AF. Recent accumulating evidence indicates that NOACs work differently in Asian and non-Asian individuals...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Stavros Stavrakis, Julie A Stoner, Joel Kardokus, Paul J Garabelli, Sunny S Po, Ralph Lazzara
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that intermittent anticoagulation based on daily rhythm monitoring using the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is feasible and safe among patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Patients with paroxysmal AF and ≥1 risk factors for stroke were randomized to either intermittent or continuous anticoagulation. Those in the intermittent group were instructed to transmit a daily ECG using an iPhone-based rhythm monitoring device...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Gautam Ray
There is rising incidence and prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in India topping the Southeast Asian (SEA) countries. The common genes implicated in disease pathogenesis in the West are not causal in Indian patients and the role of "hygiene hypothesis" is unclear. There appears to be a North-South divide with more ulcerative colitis (UC) in north and Crohn's disease (CD) in south India. IBD in second generation Indian migrants to the West takes the early onset and more severe form of the West whereas it retains the nature of its country of origin in migrants to SEA countries...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Peng Zhang, Rui Deng, Ke Liu, Xiao-Ming Shuai, Jie Bai, Wei-Long Chang, Jin-Bo Gao, Kai-Lin Cai, Guo-Bin Wang, Kai-Xiong Tao
OBJECTIVES: To investigate gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) clinicopathologic characteristics in young adults. METHODS: Clinicopathologic data from GIST patients under 35 years diagnosed at our hospital from January 2005 to December 2014 were retrospectively collected. RESULTS: Thirty-one (5.3%, 31/585) patients were included; 17 (54.8%) were female. The most common presentation and primary tumor site were gastrointestinal bleeding (n = 18, 58...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Vyacheslav Bard, Nikolai Menasherov, Sara Morgenstern, Riad Haddad, Hanoch Kashtan
BACKGROUND: Surgical resection is considered to be the best treatment for gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), the most common mesenchymal tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. Tumor size, mitotic rate, and anatomic locations are directly related to the potential malignancy, surgical approach, oncological treatment, and recurrence rate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 40 patients who underwent surgical resection of histologically or immunohistochemistry-proven GIST of the stomach at the Rabin and Kaplan Medical Center between 2004 and 2013...
October 2016: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
Yi-Hsin Chan, Chi-Tai Kuo, Yung-Hsin Yeh, Shang-Hung Chang, Lung-Sheng Wu, Hsin-Fu Lee, Hui-Tzu Tu, Lai-Chu See
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant agents rivaroxaban and dabigatran are superior to warfarin for efficacy and safety outcomes in Asians with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the risk for thromboembolic events, bleeding, and mortality associated with rivaroxaban and dabigatran versus warfarin in Asians with NVAF. METHODS: A nationwide retrospective cohort study was conducted of consecutive patients with NVAF taking rivaroxaban (n = 3,916), dabigatran (n = 5,921), or warfarin (n = 5,251) using data collected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database between February 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013...
September 27, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Ginger E Rouse, Karen Hardinger, Demetra Tsapepas, Eric M Tichy
INTRODUCTION: There are several different agents that can be used for gastrointestinal (GI) ulcer prophylaxis in posttransplant recipients, such as histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RA) or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). RESEARCH QUESTION: This study was conducted to compare the incidence of adverse kidney events in transplant recipients who received prophylaxis with H2RAs or PPIs. DESIGN: This retrospective study included all kidney transplant recipients from 3 transplant centers who were transplanted in 2009 through 2011...
September 20, 2016: Progress in Transplantation
Marcelo A F Ribeiro Junior, Emily Alves Barros, Sabrina Marques de Carvalho, Vinicius Pereira Nascimento, José Cruvinel Neto, Alexandre Zanchenko Fonseca
AIM: To compare the 3 main techniques of temporary closure of the abdominal cavity, vacuum assisted closure (vacuum-assisted closure therapy - VAC), Bogota bag and Barker technique, in damage control surgery. METHODS: After systematic review of the literature, 33 articles were selected to compare the efficiency of the three procedures. Criteria such as cost, infections, capacity of reconstruction of the abdominal wall, diseases associated with the technique, among others were analyzed...
August 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Sayo Horibe, Toshihito Tanahashi, Shoji Kawauchi, Shigeto Mizuno, Yoshiyuki Rikitake
Recent advances in diagnostic technologies have revealed that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause serious mucosal injury in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract (including the small intestine). A drug to treat NSAID-induced small-intestinal injury (SII) is lacking. Sodium alginate is a soluble dietary fiber extracted from brown seaweed and its solution has been used as a hemostatic agent to treat gastrointestinal bleeding due to gastric ulcers. Whether sodium alginate has therapeutic effects on NSAID-induced SII and its mechanism of action are not known...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Razvan Purza, Subhamay B Ghosh, Chris Walker, Brett Hiebert, Lillian Koley, G Scott Mackenzie, Hilary P Grocott
BACKGROUND: Although there have been several large reviews documenting the complications following intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), most of these prior reports are almost 2 decades old and may not reflect current practices. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence and types of complications following TEE in a contemporary cardiac surgical population. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of all cardiac surgical patients having undergone an intraoperative TEE between April 1, 2004, and April 30, 2012...
September 16, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Francis K L Chan, Moe Kyaw, Tetsuya Tanigawa, Kazuhide Higuchi, Kazuma Fujimoto, Pui Kuan Cheong, Vivian Lee, Yoshikazu Kinoshita, Yuji Naito, Toshio Watanabe, Jessica Y L Ching, Kelvin Lam, Angeline Lo, Heyson Chan, Rashid Lui, Raymond S Y Tang, Yasuhisa Sakata, Yee Kit Tse, Toshihisa Takeuchi, Osamu Handa, Hiroko Nebiki, Justin C Y Wu, Takashi Abe, Tsuyoshi Mishiro, Siew C Ng, Tetsuo Arakawa
BACKGROUND & AIMS: It is not clear whether H2-receptor antagonists (H2RAs) reduce the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in aspirin users at high risk. We performed a double-blind randomized trial to compare the effects of a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) vs a H2RA antagonist in preventing recurrent upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding and ulcers in high-risk aspirin users. METHODS: We studied 270 users of low-dose aspirin (325 mg or less per day) with a history of endoscopically confirmed ulcer bleeding at 8 sites in Hong Kong and Japan...
September 15, 2016: Gastroenterology
Rosa Ramaekers, Muhammad Mukarram, Christine A M Smith, Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy
OBJECTIVES: Risk-stratification of emergency department (ED) patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) using pre-endoscopic risk scores can aid ED physicians in disposition decision-making. We conducted a systematic review to assess the predictive value of pre-endoscopic risk scores for 30-day serious adverse events. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from inception to March 2015. We included studies involving adult ED UGIB patients evaluating pre-endoscopic risk scores and excluded reviews, case reports and animal studies...
September 19, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Shayan Irani, Sujai Jalaj, Andrew Ross, Michael Larsen, Ian S Grimm, Todd H Baron
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Benign gastrointestinal strictures occur typically in the esophagus and pyloric channel, but can occur anywhere in the GI tract and at anastomotic sites. Such strictures can be treated with dilation, incisional therapy, steroid injection and stents. Our aim was to describe the use of a lumen-apposing metal stent (LAMS) to treat short, benign gastrointestinal strictures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of consecutive patients who underwent LAMS placement for various benign strictures at 2 tertiary care centers from August 2014 to November 2015...
September 12, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Isabelle N Colmers-Gray, Ben Vandermeer, Robert I Greidanus, Michael R Kolber
OBJECTIVE: To determine the Helicobacter pylori status of patients who underwent gastroscopy. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. SETTING: Peace River Community Health Centre in rural northwestern Alberta. PARTICIPANTS: Data were collected from patients who had a gastroscopy performed by either of 2 family physicians between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2012. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The proportion of patients who had positive test results for H pylori overall and among first-time gastroscopy patients...
September 2016: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
Manon C W Spaander, Todd H Baron, Peter D Siersema, Lorenzo Fuccio, Brigitte Schumacher, Àngels Escorsell, Juan-Carlos Garcia-Pagán, Jean-Marc Dumonceau, Massimo Conio, Antonella de Ceglie, Janusz Skowronek, Marianne Nordsmark, Thomas Seufferlein, André Van Gossum, Cesare Hassan, Alessandro Repici, Marco J Bruno
This Guideline is an official statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE), endorsed by the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the European Society of Digestive Endoscopy (ESDO), and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system was adopted to define the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence. Main recommendations for malignant disease 1 ESGE recommends placement of partially or fully covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) for palliative treatment of malignant dysphagia over laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, and esophageal bypass (strong recommendation, high quality evidence)...
October 2016: Endoscopy
Mirella Fraquelli, Giovanni Casazza, Dario Conte, Agostino Colli
BACKGROUND: Cholelithiasis refers to the presence of gallstones, which are concretions that form in the biliary tract, usually in the gallbladder. Cholelithiasis is one of the most common surgical problems worldwide and is particularly prevalent in most Western countries.Biliary colic is the term used for gallbladder pain experienced by a person with gallstones and without overt infection around the gallbladder. It is the most common manifestation of cholelithiasis, observed in over one-third of people with gallstones over the course of 10 or more years...
September 9, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Evren Ozcinar, Nur Dikmen Yaman, Mehmet Cakici, Cagdas Baran, Mustafa B Inan, Serkan Durdu, Ahmet R Akar, Mustafa Sirlak
BACKGROUND: This study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrasound-accelerated catheter-directed thrombolysis (UACDT) in the treatment of upper extremity deep vein thrombosis (UEDVT). METHODS: We conducted a prospective, observational cohort study of consecutive patients with acute UEDVT with low-dose UACDT using the Ekosonic® Endovascular System, EKOS Corporation, Bothell, WA, USA at a single center from September 2012 until October 2014. Overall, sixteen patients(11 males and 6 females, age range 18 to 70 years, mean age, 45...
September 7, 2016: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
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