Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Societé Royale Belge de Gastro-Entérologie

Journal description

Current impact factor: 0.91

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 0.912
2012 Impact Factor 0.581
2011 Impact Factor 0.638
2010 Impact Factor 0.648
2009 Impact Factor 1.01
2008 Impact Factor 0.832
2007 Impact Factor 1.096
2006 Impact Factor 0.736
2005 Impact Factor 0.826
2004 Impact Factor 0.713
2003 Impact Factor 0.67
2002 Impact Factor 0.636
2001 Impact Factor 0.444
2000 Impact Factor 0.605
1999 Impact Factor 0.602
1996 Impact Factor 0.182
1995 Impact Factor 0.857
1994 Impact Factor 0.87
1993 Impact Factor 0.13
1992 Impact Factor 0.059

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 0.86
Cited half-life 6.00
Immediacy index 0.10
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.22
Website Acta Gastro Enterologica Belgica website
Other titles Acta gastro-enterologica belgica
ISSN 0001-5644
OCLC 1460883
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and pathological features of hepatic sarcoidosis in symptomatic cases. Methods: Twenty-two symptomatic hepatic sarcoidosis cases were included in the study. Hepatic sarcoidosis was determined by typical imaging, histopathology, and high angiotensin-converting enzyme levels. Demographic data, laboratory data, imaging findings, liver biopsies, and clinical findings were analyzed. Portal hypertension (PH) was defined by the presence of ascites and/or varices; imaging findings suggestive of PH-splenomegaly (> 12 cm on longest axis); portal vein dilation (> 13 mm); collateral vessel formation; and hepatic venous pressure gradient ≥ 6 mmHg. Results: Mean age was 49.63 ± 10.7 years. Liver tests showed elevated serum alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase levels (95%). Serum albumin levels were low (< 3 g/dl) in 32% of the patients. Histologically, hepatic granulomas were located in the portal/periportal areas, with or without parenchymal involvement (77%). Duct damage (27%), absent portal veins (32%), and hepatomegaly (41%) were also observed. Clinically, chronic cholestatic symptoms and PH features were observed in 41% and 50% of the patients, respectively. Three-quarters of patients with PH features were non-cirrhotic. Cirrhosis and bleeding varices were observed in 14%. Hepatic sarcoidosis overlaps with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) was observed in two cases. Conclusions: Sarcoidosis causes significant hepatic disease. PH and jaundice are main clinical presentations in liver sarcoidosis patients. Imaging findings of PH should be carefully reviewed, as it can occur even before the establishment of cirrhosis. Hepatic sarcoidosis mimics and overlaps with PBC and PSC.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 10/2015; 78(3):306-313.
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    ABSTRACT: Gastric adenocarcinoma of fundic gland type [chief cell predominant type; (GA-FD-CCP)] is a rare gastric cancer variant arising from non-atrophic mucosa without Helicobacter pylori infection in the upper third portion of the stomach. GA-FD-CCP originates deep in the mucosal layer; hence, endoscopic lesion detection is often difficult at an early stage because of a minimal change in the mucosal surface. Here we present a 66-year-old man with an early stage of GA-FD-CCP showing characteristic endoscopic features. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy demonstrated a flat, slightly reddish area with black pigment dispersion and irregular micro-surface structure at the gastric fornix. The tumor was resected by endoscopic submucosal dissection and was pathologically diagnosed as GA-FD-CCP. Prussian blue staining revealed that the black pigment was a hemosiderin deposition. We reported a rare case of successfully treated GA-FD-CCP with black pigmentation that aided in early lesion detection.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 10/2015; 78(3):340-343.
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    ABSTRACT: Isolated pancreatic metastases are rare. The differential diagnosis of pancreatic neoplasms can be difficult, especially it can be troublesome to obtain tissue diagnosis. However, pancreatic lesions in patients with a history of a malignancy must be considered to be metastases. We present a case of a patient with a history of a Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) in the neck. Twelve months after this diagnosis a follow-up CT shows a large isolated tumor in the head of the pancreas. Histological and immunohistochemical studies of specimen obtained through ultrasound-guided transabdominal biopsy, show similar characteristics as the primary MCC. To our knowledge twelve cases of a pancreatic metastasis of a MCC have been reported in English literature. A review of the literature was performed.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 10/2015; 78(3):332-335.
  • Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 10/2015; 78(3):355-356.
  • Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 10/2015; 78(3):350.
  • Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 10/2015; 78(3):351-352.
  • Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 10/2015; 78(3):348-349.
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    ABSTRACT: Abdominal cocoon is a rare disease characterized by a thick ­fibrous membrane surrounding and compressing the small intestines completely or partially, which results in mechanical small bowel obstruction. The clinical findings of the disease include recurrent ileus and subileus episodes, colicky abdominal pain, weight loss, and abdominal distension. The etiology and pathogenesis of abdominal cocoon is not clearly defined. Detection of the disease is essential for accurate treatment. Imaging modalities come into prominence due to the nonspecific clinical findings of the disease.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 07/2015; 78(2):346-347.
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    ABSTRACT: Until now, "eosinophilic hepatitis" has not been recognized as a separate disease entity. We report a case of a middle-aged women with an acute febrile, severe cholestatic hepatitis accompanied with rash and quincke oedema, and an elevated serum IgE level. Liver biopsy showed lymphocytic inflammation with a remarkably high number of eosinophils. She responded rapidly to methylprednisolone treatment, which could be quickly tapered off and stopped without relapse. The term 'idiopathic acute eosinophilic hepatitis' seems to be the best fitting diagnostic term. Copyright© Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1):65-8.
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    ABSTRACT: 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), an amphetamine derivative known as ecstasy, has stimulating and hallucinogenic properties. It has become a substance that is widely used especially by young people. Hepatotoxicity is one of the rare side effects of this substance and can be fatal. Ecstasy-induced fulminant hepatitis has been reported in case reports. The clinical course and the prognosis of the cases may differ. In this article, two cases in whom ecstasy-induced fulminant hepatic failure had developed and who were treated with liver transplantation, and one case which recovered with treatment, have been presented. Copyright© Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1):53-5.
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    ABSTRACT: Metaplasia of the esophagus is a precursor of esophageal adenocarcinoma, a cancer with a poor prognosis and an increasing incidence. Guidelines for surveillance are proposed by all professional societies with small differences in timing. However, there is still no consensus on the definition of Barrett's esopaghus (only intestinal metaplasia or all subtypes). The goal of surveillance of esophageal metaplasia has evolved from early detection of cancer to early detection of pre-cancerous metaplasia to allow endoscopic therapy. The endoscopic therapy has the intention to stage, to cure, to prevent progression and to prevent metachronous lesions to develop. Firm indications for endoscopic therapy are high rade dysplasia and mEAC. The actual treatment is EMR/ESD for all visual abnormalities and areas of cancer on biopsies, followed by RFA for the remaining metaplasia. For low grade dysplasia (LGD), surveillance versus RFA is still under discussion. The main reason for this is the wide interobserver variability with large differences in evolution between confirmed and unconfirmed LGD. The endoscopic treatment allows complete remission of dysplasia in most cases and of metaplasia in the majority of cases, with low complication rates and acceptable morbidity (treatable stenosis). However, a median of 3 treatments is usually required to achieve remission, and recurrence is as high as 15% in the following 5 years. Strategies to reduce recurrence like chemotherapy or anti-reflux surgery need to be explored better and can actually not decrease or replace surveillance. Copyright© Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1).
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    ABSTRACT: Duodenal lymphangioma is an extremely rare benign tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. In this case report, we describe the case of a 39-year-old Lebanese female with cystic lymphangioma of the duodenum diagnosed by exploratory laparotomy and immunohistochemical analysis. Herein our findings are described. Copyright© Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1):60-1.
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    ABSTRACT: Colonoscopy is an important endoscopic examination for the diagnosis and treatment of pathological conditions of the colon, like polyps and colorectal cancer. However, several factors determine the quality of colonoscopy and thus the quality of polyp and colorectal cancer detection. The Flemish Society of Gastroenterology (VVGE) performed a voluntary on-line registry among its members to identify quality of colonoscopy in Flanders, Belgium. 64 gastroenterologists voluntarily registered 4276 consecutive colonoscopies performed during a 3 month study period. Colonoscopy quality indicators were prospectively collected and analysed. Results showed a low voluntary participation rate (17%), acceptable overall adenoma detection rate of 20,5% and colorectal cancer interval rate of 5,4%. Complications were low (perforation 0,1% and major bleeding 1,5%). The current study showed that in Flanders, Belgium on-line registration of colonoscopy quality indicators is feasible and that quality of colonoscopy in daily practice meets the expectations of (inter)national guidelines. However, further improvement of the registry and an open debate on the quality control of colonoscopy in Flanders is warranted (Belgian Registry B30020096548). Copyright© Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1):18-25.
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    ABSTRACT: Diverticulosis of the colon is a common disease with an increasing incidence in Western countries. Recent literature has shown some changes in the traditional approach of this disease. The theory that diverticulosis is caused by a reduced intake of dietary fibre, is doubtful. There might be some chemical and histological overlap between diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel disease. High quality clinical study found no effect for antibiotics in acute, uncomplicated diverticulitis. Cyclic administration of mesalazine and rifaximin result in reduced symptoms of diverticular disease. For the treatment of diverticular abscesses, percutaneous drainage shows promising results. Recurrence of acute diverticulitis is rare and most serious complications are linked to the first episode. Recent evidence does not support the traditional recommendation for elective surgery after two episodes of acute diverticulitis any more. This review summarizes the last evidence in diverticular disease and diverticulitis. Copyright© Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1):38-48.
  • Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1):57.
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    ABSTRACT: We describe a case of a patient who presents with jaundice, elevated cholestatic liver enzymes, an extreme weight loss and a midcholedochal stricture very suspect for a cholangiocarcinoma. In the conviction of malignancy, although the absence of anatomopathological prove, the patient underwent a choledochal resection. The anatomopathological specimen revealed no malignancy. In the year following resection, the patient keeps presenting with bile duct strictures and further weight loss. Ultimately the diagnosis of Ig G4-related cholangitis is withheld. Therapy with corticosteroids is initiated with a spectacular clinical, biochemical and radiographical result. IgG4-related cholangitis is the biliary presentation of IgG4-related disease, a recently discovered entity of fibroinflammatory masses which can affect virtually every organ in the body. It is characterized by a dense lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate, storiform fibrosis, obliterative phlebitis and a presence of > 30 IgG4-positive plasma cells per high power field. Main differential diagnosis contains cholangiocarcinoma and primary sclerosing cholangitis. Corticoids are cornerstone of therapy, with azathioprine frequently used as a maintenance in case of relapse. With this case we want to draw the attention to a rather uncommon cause of biliary obstruction, easily mistaken for a cholangiocarcinoma. Copyright© Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1):62-4.
  • Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1):26-9.
  • Article: Deadly Air
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 06/2015; 78(1):69.