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Tatenda C Nzenza, Yahya Al-Habbal, Glen R Guerra, S Manolas, Tuck Yong, Trevor McQuillan
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) has become well established as a modality for the management of common bile duct stones (CBDS), especially in the setting of associated cholangitis. Our study aims to determine the rate of long term morbidity of recurrent CBDS post ES. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients who underwent ERCP and ES (ERCP+ES) was undertaken on a prospectively maintained database from 1998 to 2012 at the Northern Hospital, Melbourne...
March 15, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
Nick Jikomes, Michael Zoorob
The majority of adults in the U.S. now have state-legal access to medical or recreational cannabis products, despite their federal prohibition. Given the wide array of pharmacologically active compounds in these products, it is essential that their biochemical profile is measured and reported to consumers, which requires accurate laboratory testing. However, no universal standards for laboratory testing protocols currently exist, and there is controversy as to whether all reported results are legitimate. To investigate these concerns, we analyzed a publicly available seed-to-sale traceability dataset from Washington state containing measurements of the cannabinoid content of legal cannabis products from state-certified laboratories...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Orrin Devinsky, Anup D Patel, Elizabeth A Thiele, Matthew H Wong, Richard Appleton, Cynthia L Harden, Sam Greenwood, Gilmour Morrison, Kenneth Sommerville
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and preliminary pharmacokinetics of a pharmaceutical formulation of purified cannabidiol (CBD) in children with Dravet syndrome. METHODS: Patients aged 4-10 years were randomized 4:1 to CBD (5, 10, or 20 mg/kg/d) or placebo taken twice daily. The double-blind trial comprised 4-week baseline, 3-week treatment (including titration), 10-day taper, and 4-week follow-up periods. Completers could continue in an open-label extension. Multiple pharmacokinetic blood samples were taken on the first day of dosing and at end of treatment for measurement of CBD, its metabolites 6-OH-CBD, 7-OH-CBD, and 7-COOH-CBD, and antiepileptic drugs (AEDs; clobazam and metabolite N -desmethylclobazam [N-CLB], valproate, levetiracetam, topiramate, and stiripentol)...
March 14, 2018: Neurology
Peter M Irving, Tariq Iqbal, Chuka Nwokolo, Sreedhar Subramanian, Stuart Bloom, Neeraj Prasad, Ailsa Hart, Charles Murray, James O Lindsay, Adam Taylor, Rachel Barron, Stephen Wright
Background: Cannabidiol (CBD) exhibits anti-inflammatory properties that could improve disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease. This proof-of-concept study assessed efficacy, safety and tolerability of CBD-rich botanical extract in ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. Methods: Patients aged 18 years or older, with left-sided or extensive UC, Mayo scores of 4-10 (endoscopy scores ≥1), and on stable 5-aminosalicylic acid dosing, were randomized to 10-weeks' CBD-rich botanical extract or placebo capsules...
March 10, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Chien-Hua Chen, Cheng-Li Lin, Chia-Hung Kao
We assessed the subsequent risk of cholelithiasis development in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC). We identified 8186 patients who aged ≥20 years and were diagnosed with IBD between 2000 and 2010 as the study cohort. A total of 8186 patients without IBD were selected by frequency-matching according to age, sex, comorbidities, and the index date of diagnosis, and they were identified as the control cohort. To measure the incidence of cholelithiasis, all patients were followed up until the end of 2011...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Bader Hamza Shirah, Hamza Asaad Shirah, Syed Husham Zafar, Khalid B Albeladi
Backgrounds/Aims: Postcholecystectomy syndrome represents a heterogeneous group of symptoms and findings in patients who have previously undergone cholecystectomy. It is rare and under-reported in Saudi Arabia. It can be attributed to many complications such as bile duct injury, biliary leak, retained common bile duct stones, recurrent bile duct stones, and bile duct strictures. In this study, we aimed to analyze the causes and evaluate the approach to postcholecystectomy syndrome in our local Saudi Arabian community because of the vast number of cases encountered in our hospital for gallbladder clinical conditions and its related complications...
February 2018: Annals of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Ashish Singh, Abhimanyu Kapoor, Rajneesh Kumar Singh, Anand Prakash, Anu Behari, Ashok Kumar, Vinay Kumar Kapoor, Rajan Saxena
Backgrounds/Aims: A residual gallbladder (RGB) following a partial/subtotal cholecystectomy may cause symptoms that require its removal. We present our large study regarding the problem of a RGB over a 15 year period. Methods: This study involved a retrospective analysis of patients managed for symptomatic RGB from January 2000 to December 2015. Results: A RGB was observed in 93 patients, who had a median age of 45 (25-70) years, and were comprised of 69 (74...
February 2018: Annals of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Long Pan, Mingyu Chen, Lin Ji, Longbo Zheng, Peijian Yan, Jing Fang, Bin Zhang, Xiujun Cai
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of the laparoscopic common bile duct exploration (LCBDE) and laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) with preoperative endoscopic sphincterotomy (pre-EST) and LC for concomitant gallstones and common bile duct (CBD) stones. BACKGROUND: It remains controversial whether LCBDE+LC is better than pre-EST+LC for gallstones and CBD stones. METHODS: A specific search of online databases was performed from January 2006 to October 2017...
March 12, 2018: Annals of Surgery
David Neubauer, Mirjana Perković Benedik, Damjan Osredkar
PURPOSE: Refractory epilepsies in children present a major burden for patients and their families. Cannabidiol (CBD) has been suggested as a potential treatment for refractory epilepsies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of add-on therapy with CBD for the treatment of refractory childhood epilepsies. METHOD: Patients with childhood-onset refractory epilepsy, treated at the tertiary epilepsy center of the University Children's Hospital Ljubljana, Slovenia, were included in the study...
March 8, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Mohamed I Radwan, Mohamed H Emara, Ibrahim M Ibrahim, Mahmoud E Moursy
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIM: Removal of large common bile duct (CBD) stones is one of the challenges faced during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, and it seems more difficult in cirrhotic patients because of suspected higher rates of adverse events, especially bleeding diathesis. This study aimed at comparing the success rate and complications between mechanical lithotripsy (ML) and large balloon dilation (LBD) after endoscopic sphincterotomy in patients with liver cirrhosis...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Eun Young Kim, Tae Ho Hong
Purpose: We introduce a training porcine model for laparoscopic common bile duct (CBD) repair with T-tube insertion. The model could be the feasible training tool for a surgeon learning hepatobiliary surgery. Methods: Totally laparoscopic CBD repair with T-tube insertion was performed on 9 pigs by 9 trainees naïve in hepatobiliary surgery. Similar to the situation of iatrogenic injury, CBD was transected by laparoscopic scissors at the middle part about 1 cm in length, and the transected CBD was repaired through end-to-end anastomosis with T-tube insertion...
March 2018: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Daniel Gilsdorf, Jake Henrichsen, Katie Liljestrand, Allison Staheli, Griffin Olsen, Prem Narayanan, Mark Ott, David S Morris, Raymond Price
BACKGROUND: The ideal management of common bile duct (CBD) stones remains controversial, whether with single-stage management using laparoscopic CBD exploration (LCBDE) during laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or with two-stage management using preoperative or postoperative endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). We wished to elucidate the practice patterns within our health system, which includes both large urban referral centers and small rural critical access hospitals. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective data analysis from our 22-hospital, not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system...
March 5, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Norman Boyd, Hal Berman, Jie Zhu, Lisa J Martin, Martin J Yaffe, Sofia Chavez, Greg Stanisz, Greg Hislop, Anna M Chiarelli, Salomon Minkin, Andrew D Paterson
BACKGROUND: Our purpose is to develop a testable biological hypothesis to explain the known increased risk of breast cancer associated with extensive percent mammographic density (PMD), and to reconcile the apparent paradox that although PMD decreases with increasing age, breast cancer incidence increases. METHODS: We used the Moolgavkar model of carcinogenesis as a framework to examine the known biological properties of the breast tissue components associated with PMD that includes epithelium and stroma, in relation to the development of breast cancer...
March 7, 2018: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Martin Mücke, Tudor Phillips, Lukas Radbruch, Frank Petzke, Winfried Häuser
BACKGROUND: This review is one of a series on drugs used to treat chronic neuropathic pain. Estimates of the population prevalence of chronic pain with neuropathic components range between 6% and 10%. Current pharmacological treatment options for neuropathic pain afford substantial benefit for only a few people, often with adverse effects that outweigh the benefits. There is a need to explore other treatment options, with different mechanisms of action for treatment of conditions with chronic neuropathic pain...
March 7, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Emily Stockings, Dino Zagic, Gabrielle Campbell, Megan Weier, Wayne D Hall, Suzanne Nielsen, Geoffrey K Herkes, Michael Farrell, Louisa Degenhardt
Review evidence for cannabinoids as adjunctive treatments for treatment-resistant epilepsy. Systematic search of Medline, Embase and PsycINFO was conducted in October 2017. Outcomes were: 50%+ seizure reduction, complete seizure freedom; improved quality of life (QoL). Tolerability/safety were assessed by study withdrawals, adverse events (AEs) and serious adverse events (SAEs). Analyses were conducted in Stata V.15.0. 36 studies were identified: 6 randomised controlled trials (RCTs), 30 observational studies...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Manoela V Fogaça, Alline C de Campos, Ludmila D Coelho, Ronald S Duman, Francisco S Guimarães
Repeated injections of cannabidiol (CBD), the major non-psychotomimetic compound present in the Cannabis sativa plant, attenuate the anxiogenic effects induced by Chronic Unpredictable Stress (CUS). The specific mechanisms remain to be fully understood but seem to involve adult hippocampal neurogenesis and recruitment of endocannabinoids. Here we investigated for the first time if the behavioral and pro-neurogenic effects of CBD administered concomitant the CUS procedure (14 days) are mediated by CB1 , CB2 or 5HT1A receptors, as well as CBD effects on dendritic remodeling and on intracellular/synaptic signaling (fatty acid amide hydrolase - FAAH, Akt, GSK3β and the synaptic proteins Synapsin Ia/b, mGluR1 and PSD95)...
March 3, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Yong Zhou, Wen-Zhang Zha, Xu-Dong Wu, Ren-Gen Fan, Biao Zhang, Yong-Hua Xu, Cheng-Lin Qin, Jing Jia
BACKGROUND: Hepatectomy and additional common bile duct exploration are required for the treatment of left-sided hepatolithiasis (LSH). METHODS: Eligible LSH patients (n = 62) scheduled for open left lateral segmentectomy or left hemihepatectomy with intraoperative biliary exploration via the left hepatic duct orifice (LHD group, n = 35) or the common bile duct (CBD group, n = 27) were retrospectively studied. T-tube insertion was performed on selected patients...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Muhammad Bilal, Hina Tariq, Nadira Mamoon
BACKGROUND: Margin assessment is done in Whipple procedures which are usually performed to resect tumours of head of pancreas and ampullary/periampullary region. Aims and objective of the study are to determine the concordance between frozen sections (FS) and permanent sections (PS) of surgical margins in Whipple resections. METHODS: It is a retrospective study, from January 2008 to January 2015 (07 years). It includes the specimen with malignancy in final report and for which FS of pancreatic and/or CBD margin(s) were requested...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Santosh Tummidi, Kanchan Kothari, Pragati Sathe, Mona Agnihotri, Gwendolyn Fernandes, Leena Naik, Aleena Jain, Rachana Chaturvedi
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) has become increasingly popular for the diagnosis and staging of gastrointestinal diseases and peri-gastrointestinal lesions. The application of FNA/Brush has dramatically expanded the clinical utility of EUS. AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy, study the spectrum of lesions encountered in EUS-FNAC/brush cytology of gastrointestinal and peri-gastrointestinal lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Total of 124 patients during the period from August 2015 to November 2016 was included in the study...
March 5, 2018: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Tzung-Jiun Tsai, Chiun-Ku Lin, Kwok-Hung Lai, Hoi-Hung Chan, E-Ming Wang, Wei-Lun Tsai, Jin-Shiung Cheng, Hsien-Chung Yu, Wen-Chi Chen, Ping-I Hsu
BACKGROUND: Whether preserving sphincter of Oddi (SO) function by endoscopic papillary balloon dilation (EPBD) is beneficial for preventing recurrent common bile duct stone disease (CBDS) is controversial. The aim of this study was to measure sphincter of Oddi (SO) function by using SO manometry, and to evaluate the association with recurrent CBDS. METHODS: Patients with suspected CBDS who underwent successful EPBD were included. These patients underwent SO manometry at two months after EPBD with bile duct clearance...
February 27, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
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