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Current Issue December 2016

Comparison of different biopsy forceps models for tissue sampling in eosinophilic esophagitis  (FREE ACCESS)

Christian Bussmann, Alain M. Schoepfer, Ekaterina Safroneeva et al.

The follow-up of eosinophilic esophagitis – a disorder whose incidence is rapidly increasing – would benefit from biopsies that encompass subepithelial tissue. In this trial comparing the yield and adverse events associated with different models of biopsy forceps, the static jaw forceps is found to be superior to others: it allows safe sampling of subepithelial tissue in >90% of biopsies.

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Randomized comparative evaluation of endoscopic submucosal dissection self-learning software in France and Japan (FREE ACCESS)

Mathieu Pioche, Jérôme Rivory, Toshihiro Nishizawa et al.

Prevention of complications is an important issue during endoscopists' training. This randomized trial demonstrates the superiority of self-learning software in achieving high success for first performance of colonic endoscopic submucosal dissection in an animal model.

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Trends in quality of screening colonoscopy in Austria  (FREE ACCESS)

Elisabeth Waldmann, Irina Gessl, Daniela Sallinger et al.

The study reports the 8-year results of a quality assurance program on screening colonoscopy in Austria from a total of 159 246 examinations performed by 301 endoscopists. A significant increase in adenoma detection rate (ADR) was noted both for men (from 27.6% to 29.2%) and women (from 14.2% to 19.0%). Remarkably the advanced ADR decreased nonsignificantly during the study period, both for men (from 11.4% to 7.6%) and women (from 5.5% to 4.0 %).

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