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Current Issue December 2018

Dilation or biodegradable stent placement for recurrent benign esophageal strictures: a randomized controlled trial

by Daisy Walter et al.

Fig. 1 Biodegradable stent. a The SX-ELLA stent, with radiopaque markers, made from biodegradable polydioxanone. Stents are available in multiple lengths (60, 80, and 100mm) and diameters (18, 20, and 23mm). b Endoscopic image of the biodegradable stent placed across a benign esophageal stricture.

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Endoscopic gastric reduction with an endoluminal suturing device: a multicenter prospective trial with 1-year follow-up

by Vincent Huberty et al.

Fig. 2a View of a gastric fold inside the device. On the right side the needle has already pierced the tissue and the tag is released.

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Impact of peritoneal carcinomatosis on clinical outcomes of patients receiving self expandable metal stents for malignant colorectal obstruction

by Jae Jun Park et al.

Fig. 1 Endoscopic images of malignant colorectal obstruction:

a,b in a patient with colorectal cancer;

c,d in a patient with extracolonic malignancy. Pre- and post-stenting images are presented in both cases, respectively.

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A novel technique using high energy synchronous double-wave laser in endoscopic submucosal dissection of patients with superficial esophageal neoplasm

by Jun Yao et al.

Fig. 4 Histologic evaluation of specimens resected by the laser system. a The specimen has a preserved intact structure consisting of the four layers (mucosal epithelium, lamina propria mucosa, muscularis mucosae, and submucosa). b The green arrow shows an accurate evaluation of submucosal invasion.

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Ligation-assisted endoscopic submucosal resection with apical mucosal incision to treat gastric subepithelial tumors originating from the muscularis propria

by Dingguo Zhang et al.

Fig. 2  Schematic of the procedure for apical mucosal incision with endoscopic submucosal resection using a ligation device for gastric subepithelial tumors originating from the muscularis propria. a The lesion is marked. b Submucosal injection is performed. c Incision of the apical mucosal surface of the lesion is performed with a hook knife. d Pressure is exerted and ligation of the lesion is performed with the endoloop. e The lesion is resected. f The wound is closed.

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