- Malignant biliary strictures can be difficult to diagnose, with up to 20% considered indeterminate after initial tissue sampling. This study aimed to determine the performance characteristics of transpapillary biopsy sampling (TPB) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in isolation or in combination with standard brush cytology (BC) in patients who received trimodality sampling for biliary strictures.
- Closure of endoscopic resection defects can be achieved with through-the-scope clips, over-the-scope clips, or endoscopic suturing. However, these devices are often limited by their inability to close large, irregular, and difficult-to-reach defects. Thus, we aimed to assess the feasibility and safety of a novel through-the-scope, suture-based closure system developed to overcome these limitations.
- Select patients with acute cholecystitis (AC) are poor candidates for cholecystectomy. ERCP-guided transpapillary gallbladder (GB) drainage (ERGD) is one modality for nonoperative management of AC in these patients. Our primary aim was to evaluate long-term success of destination ERGD. Secondary aims were the rate of technical and clinical success, number of repeat procedures, rate of adverse events, and risk factors for recurrent AC.
- Detection and characterization of focal liver lesions (FLLs) is key for optimizing treatment for patients who may have a primary hepatic cancer or metastatic disease to the liver. This is the first study to develop an EUS-based convolutional neural network (CNN) model for the purpose of identifying and classifying FLLs.
- Endoscopic transoral outlet reduction (TORe) has been used to manage weight regain after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. We conducted a meta-analysis to summarize the efficacy and safety of the two most commonly used techniques: full-thickness suturing plus argon plasma mucosal coagulation (ft-TORe) and argon plasma mucosal coagulation alone (APMC-TORe).
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is refractory to lifestyle and pharmacotherapy measures, requiring reversal of the patient’s bariatric surgery. Reversal can lead to weight regain and recrudescence of their comorbidities. Our aim was to report a multicenter experience on the endoscopic management of refractory dumping syndrome with endoscopic transoral outlet reduction (TORe).
- EUS-guided postoperative drainage (EUS-POD) of postoperative fluid collections (POFCs) is typically delayed until a thick wall has formed to optimize safety. Thus, percutaneous drainage is the mainstay of early POFC management. The primary aim of this study was to compare technical and clinical success and adverse event (AE) rate between early (0-30 days postoperative) compared with delayed (>30 days) EUS-POD. The secondary aim was to determine predictors for clinical success and AE rate associated with early compared with delayed EUS-POD.
- Patients with medically refractory GERD have the option of surgery but may opt for effective minimally invasive interventions, when available. However, the primary GERD pharmacologic therapy, proton pump inhibitors, does not satisfactorily address the pathophysiology of the disease. Moreover, a therapeutic gap exists in those severely symptomatic patients who fail medical management and who are poor candidates for surgical fundoplication. Recently, a revival of minimally invasive endoscopic interventions aiming to correct the antireflux barrier has followed existing device modifications, enhancing their safety and efficacy profile.