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Current Issue August 2014

Utility of EUS to diagnose remnant stones in symptomatic patients after cholecystectomy (FREE ACCESS)

Mehdi Mohamadnejad, Sayed Jalal Hashemi, Farhad Zamani, Massoud Baghai-Wadji, Reza Malekzadeh, Mohamad A. Eloubeidi

In a prospective cohort of 112 patients with pancreaticobiliary-type pain or acute pancreatitis after cholecystectomy, the authors showed that endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) may be useful to detect residual stones in the cystic duct stump or gallbladder remnant.  Read more.

Risk factors for postoperative stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection for superficial esophageal carcinoma (FREE ACCESS)

Qiang Shi, Hui Ju, Li-Qing Yao, Ping-Hong Zhou, Mei-Dong Xu, Tao Chen, Jia-Min Zhou, Tian-yin Chen, Yun-Shi Zhong

Post-procedural stricture is one of the most frequent and troublesome complications of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for superficial esophageal cancer. Chinese investigators report on a large, retrospective analysis of the clinical and endoscopic predictors of stricture, and describe the treatment methods and outcomes.  Read more.

Deep enteroscopy with standard endoscopes using a novel through-the-scope balloon   (FREE ACCESS)

Vivek Kumbhari, Andrew C. Storm, Mouen A. Khashab, Marcia I. Canto, Payal Saxena, Venkata S. Akshintala, Ahmed A. Messallam, Vikesh K. Singh, Anne-Marie Lennon, Eun J. Shin, Joanna K. Law, Patrick I. Okolo III

Deep enteroscopy is usually performed with specialized endoscopes and overtubes. This study presents the first observational case series using a novel through-the-scope balloon and standard colonoscope. The diagnostic and therapeutic yields were comparable to existing techniques, making this a potential alternative for those currently performing deep enteroscopy.  Read more.