Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana Journal Impact Factor & Information

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Es el órgano de difusión de la Sociedad Argentina de Gastroenterología (SAGE). Está dedicada a la investigación clínica y básica sobre todos los aspectos del aparato digestivo, incluídos el hígado, el páncreas y la nutrición, en seres humanos adultos y niños, animales de experimentación o sistemas celulares.

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Website Acta Gastroenterologica Latinoamericana website
Other titles Acta gastroenterologica latinoamericana
ISSN 0300-9033
OCLC 1695922
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatitis C recurrence is the main cause of graft loss in liver transplant patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HII). These patients have higher risk of fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis, which is the most severe type of hepatitis C recurrence. Until direct antiviral agents were released, only a minority of patients could be satisfactorily treated. We describe the successful treatment with pegylated-interferon, ribavirin and telaprevir of an hepatitis C virus (HCV)/HIV co-infected patient who developed fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis after liver transplantation. A 40-year- old male (HCV genotype 1a; IL-28 CC) underwent liver transplantation for decompensated cirrhosis. On post-transplant day 60, he rapidly developed progressive jaundice, worsening of liver function tests and ascites. A transjugular liver biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis. Treatment with peglated-interferon, ribavirin and telaprevir was indicated for 48 weeks, achieving sustained virological response at 12 weeks of follow-up. The rapid negativization of the viral load observed during the first 4 weeks of treatment was associated with regression of ascites andjaundice. Red blood cell transfusions, erythropoietin and filgrastim were required for the management of anemia and neutropenia. Triple therapy with telaprevir might be indicated for the treatment of severe HCV recurrence in selected HCV/HIV co-infected patients, especially in countries with limited access to pegylated-interferon-free regimens.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):76-9.
  • Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):11, 101.
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    ABSTRACT: Obesity is associated with systemic co-morbi- dities. Conservative management has a low rate ofsuccess in the short and long term. Therefore, novel endoscopic strate- gies have emerged as alternative therapies to bariatric sur- gery. The intragastric balloon (IGB) is a temporary, effective and safe endoscopic treatment for weight loss. Objectives. 1. To describe changes in body mass index (BMI) in patients who completed treatment with IGB. 2. To describe metabo- lic co-morbidities and psychological features at admission. Patients with an age equal to or higher than 13 years-old were evaluated by a multidiscipli- nary team and categorized as "suitable" for IGB. The study took place in aprivate center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, bet- ween November 2007 andNovember 2012. The design was interventionist, longitudinal, comparative and retrospective. Interventions were: a) IGB placement was done with the usual technique; b) Nutritional monitoring was performed and a low calorie diet and an exercise plan were indicated. Follow-up was performed monthly. Main outcome measu- rements were: 1) Changes in BMI between baseline and at IGB removal according to diet and exercise compliance, 2) metabolic co-morbidities, 3) psychological traits evaluated wit checklist SCL 90. We included 385 patients, 66% female, mean age 41 years (range 13 to 70 years). A BMI decrease of 5 points (13 kg) was observed in the overall sample and in the 322 patients (83.6%) who completed 6 months (14 kg) (NS). The weight loss was greater in those who were compliant to diet and exercise (P = 0.0001). Most prevalent metabolic co-morbidities and psychological traits were dyslipemia and depression, respectively. IGB was effective in all patients. Weight loss was greater in patients compliant to diet and exercise.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):18-23.
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    ABSTRACT: Tufting enteropathy (TE), previously known as intestinal epithelial dysplasia, is a rare congenital enteropathy characterized by refractory diarrhea in the neonatal period. It presents clinical and histological heterogeneity and may be associated with birth defects and punctuate keratitis. The causative gene(s) have not yet been identfied making prenatal diagnosis unavailable. Although there are milder phenotypes most require parenteral nutrition for prolonged periods with the risk of complications. TE becomes an indication for intestinal transplantation. We report the case of a 4-month-old male, born full term with a normal weight. The parents consulted because of severe malnutrition and chronic watery diarrhea. Duodenal and rectal biopsy was negative. Because of poor tolerance gastroclysis was changed to parenteral nutrition. The infant had several catheter-related infections and died at 13 months from catheter-associated complications. Histopathological autopsy was performed. The material was fixed in paraffin and studied with routine techniques. PAS and immunohistochemistry for CD10 were performed. We observed villous atrophy with intestinal epithelial dysplasia and disorganization on the surface of epithelial cells resembling tufts in jejunal and ileal tissue. The objective of this study was to present a rare case of neonatal enteropathy, especially TE, describe the methodology used to study the biopsy, and discuss the differential diagnoses. TE is a rare neonatal enteropathy that is difficult to diagnose and manage. Children in whom TE is suspected should be referred to specialized pediatric centers, with the option of intestinal transplantation.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):65-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Colonoscopy is the standard method for the evaluation of the colon. A suitable intestinal cleaning is critical for the effectiveness and security of the procedure, but unfortunately there is a high proportion of suboptimal bowel preparation. To identify factors related to suboptimal bowel preparation. We performed an analytic, observational, cross-sectional and prospective study. We included all outpatients scheduled for colonoscopy in the Peruvian-Japanese Health Center between January and July 2012. We excluded patients with a complete or partial colonic resection. In patients with two or more colonoscopies during the study interval, only the first procedure was considered. Aronchick scale was used in assessment of bowel cleaning. The variables studied with relationship to bowel preparation were: age, sex, grade ofeducation, body mass index, time of examination, history (diabetes mellitus, stroke, cirrhosis, use of antidepressants/anxiolytics, number of bowel movements per week, abdominal surgery, personal history of previous colonoscopy, polyps and colon cancer, family history of colon cancer), received purgative, additional laxative, indication for colonoscopy and adverse effects of the preparation. Statistical analysis was made with SPSS v.160. For the categorical variables we used chi square test or Fisher exact test, whereas for continuous variables the Mann Whitney test was used. The variables significantly associated with suboptimal preparation in the univariated analysis were included in a multivariate analysis using logistic regression. We included 841 patients. The bowel preparation was suboptimal in 438 patients (52.1%). The univariate analysis showed that the factors related to suboptimal preparation were age (P = 0.023) and body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2 (P = 0.021). The multivariate analysis confirmed that age ≥ 70 years old (P = 0.001) and body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2 (P = 0.010) were the variables related to suboptimal bowel preparation. Age greater than 70 years old and obesity are factors related to suboptimal bowel preparation.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):24-30.
  • Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):97.
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    ABSTRACT: Pseudoaneurysm formation is a serious complication in the context ofa pancreatic resection, reaching out a high mortality rate. Classically, surgery was the gold standard of treatment, but nowadays endovascular approach has been accepted as the first treatment option. The use of covered stents seems to be a safe and effective tool to treat this serious complication.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):80-4.
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    ABSTRACT: In Argentina we have little access to the more sensitive and specific non-invasive diagnostic methods for the detection of Helicobacter pylori (HP), such as the urea breath test. The upper gastrointestinal videoendoscopy, with biopsy for histological analysis and rapid urease test remains as the usual method in our country, but the cost is high and the accessibility is also limited. For this reason we propose to develop a new fast, accurate, accessible and inexpensive method for measuring the concentration of expired NH in order to achieve a diagnosis of active infection. To determine the utility of a non-invasive method for detecting HP through the measurement of ammonia in the breathing. We studied 3 patients older than 21 years, attending the Gastroenterology clinic. All patients who meet the inclusion criteria were evaluated with an upper gastrointestinal videoendoscopy and gastric biopsies (antrum, body and incisura angularis). Samples were analyzed by histopathological examination and urease test. The subjects with both negative tests (non-infected) or positive (infected) were selected for ammonia measurement in exhaled air. The prevalence of HP infection was 60.9% (14 patients). Ten of these patients had significant differences between the baseline ammonia and the ammonia after urea ingestion, yielding a specifcity of 88.9% and a sensitivity of 71.43%, with a Jouden index higher than 50%. Although the experience must be carried forward, the results of this pilot study suggest that the measurement of ammonia in breath test after ingestion of unmarked urea would be applicable as a diagnostic test for HP, taking into account its low cost and easy management compared to conventional non-invasive methods.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):12-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease of unknown cause characterized by fibrotic skin and multiple organs involvement, including the gastrointestinal tract. It occurs mainly in women between 35 and 65 years of age. It is classified as limited or diffuse based on the extent of skin involvement. Gastrointestinal dysmotility is observed in up to 90% of patients with a diffuse and limited scleroderma. It may involve any segment of the gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus to the anus and is related to collagen deposition at the level of enteric and vascular smooth muscle. Gastroparesis is a condition characterized by abnormal gastric motility, delay gastric emptying, in the absence of a mechanical obstruction to outflow. Gastric scintigraphy with radiolabeled solid food is the gold standard for the diagnosis of gastroparesis. Two cases of patients with systemic scleroderma and severe gastroparesis are presented in order to discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic approach, emphasizing the utility of gastric emptying scintigraphy.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):56-60.
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    ABSTRACT: Morgagni's hernia is a rare congenital disorder, usually asymptomatic, but may cause respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms. We reviewed the clinical findings of a patient with a Morgagni's hernia, diagnosed and treated in our department. The Morgagni's hernia caused various symptoms in our patient and surgery was performed via laparoscopy. A chest CT-scan established the diagnosis. The hernial defect was closed with a synthetic mesh. Our patients had an uneventful postoperative recovery. We believe that the laparoscopic approach is an effective way of repairing Morgagni's hernia.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):61-4.
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital intestinal lymphangiectasis (LIP) is a protein-losing enteropathy that appears sporadically in children. It begins with edema due to hypoproteinemia and hypoalbuminemia, and in some cases with ascites, immunodeficience and hypocalcemic tetania. The purpose of this report is to present two patients with LIP which appeared during the first year of life. The diagnosis was certificated by upper gastrointestinal videoendoscopy and histological findings. Both patients were treated with a new formula containing mean chain triglycerides with an adequate response, not obtained before with a common semielemental formula.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):70-5.
  • Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):10, 100.
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    ABSTRACT: The American Society of Gastroenterology (ASGE) and the American College of Gastroenterolog (ACG) have established indicators to recognize high-quality studies in endoscopic retrograde cholagiopancreatography (ERCP). The indicators were: a) Pre-procedure: adequate indication, informed consent, assessment of the degree of difficulty of the procedure and antibiotic prophylaxis. b) Intraprocedure: cannulation, choledocholithiasis extraction and stents placement rates. c) Postprocedure: full documentation and complications rates. Between October 2010 and October 2012 we performed a retrospective, descriptive, observational and self-evaluative study to assess the compliance with ERCP quality indicators proposed by the ASGE. Preprocedural indicators were evaluated in 734 studies. Cannulation, choledocolithiasis extraction and stents placement under the hiliar bifurcation rates were 96.2%, 95.4% and 100%, respectively. The complication rate was 5.6% and the mortality was 0.27%. The severity of complications was evaluated according to the classification of Masci (30 mild, 7 moderate and 4 severe). Quality is a basic tool that allows the comparison between our actions and the indicators already predetermined as suitable. The appropriate indication is an indicator to improve. We believe that 12% of registered normal studies could be due to a difficult accessibility to magnetic resonance cholangiography in our health system. Achievement of the internationally validated indicators place us as a high-quality endoscopic cholagiography unit and as a training center with appropriate expertise.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):37-45.
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    ABSTRACT: Gallstones are a very common disease in our area, with a prevalence of 21.9%. Among the most common complications, choledocholithiasis is associated in about 3% to 10% of cases. The treatment may be performed by minimally invasive laparoscopy, endoscopy or a combination of both. There is no current consensus on what is the best strategy for treatment. We aimed to review the evidences of highest quality available, comparing two therapeutic strategies for cholelithiasis. Choledocholithiasis is divided into that in patients who underwent a cholecystectomy and that in patients with associated cholelithiasis. In the first group we have three subgroups: a) patients in whom gallstones remained intraoperatively, b) patients with bile duct lithiasis and biliary drainage, and c) patients with bile duct lithiasis without biliary drainage. In the first case can be performed a laparoscopic treatment at one or two times; in the second, a transfistular approach; and in the third, an endoscopic treatment. If the endscopic tretament fails, percutaneous or laparoscopic reoperation can be done. The treatment of a cholelithiasis associated with choledocholithiasis can be performed by laparoscopy, endoscopy or a combination of both. We conclude that the innovation of minimally invasive techniques has revolutionized the management of bile duct stones. The treatment in one time is possible in patients with adequate operative risk and in the hands of trained surgeons. Multidisciplinary approach is mandatory, according to the diagnostic and therapeutic method, depending on the means available in each institution.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):90-6.
  • Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):7.
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    ABSTRACT: Solid pseudopapillary tumors (SPT) of the pancreas are rare neoplasms of low malignant potential that typically affect young women. These are slow-growing lesions and very often reach large size. Between June 2003 and July 2013 24 patients were submitted to surgery. Twenty three (96%) were females with a median age of 32.4 ± 13.2 years old (range 11 to 69 years old). The mean tumor size was 91.3 ± 49 mm (range 30 to 200 mm). The type of procedure performed was duodenopancreatectomy in 9 cases, middle pancreatectomy in 4, distal pancreatectomy in 8, duodenum preserving pancreatectomy in 2 and diagnostic laparoscopy in 1. SPT had a benign anatomopathology and behaviour in 17 cases, while 3 had a carcinoma pattern and 4 developed distant metastases. Median follow up was 58 months (range 5 to 128 months). Recurrence occurred in 4 patients (16.6%) as liver metastases in 2 and carcinomatosis in 2. The overall survival rate at 5 and 10 years was 94% and 63%, respectively. CONCLUSION. SPT are uncommon neoplasms which are mostly benign. However, up to 20% may display a malignant behavior. More studies are needed to investigate predicting factors of malignant potential. The overall survival is high, even after resection of metastases.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):46-50.
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    ABSTRACT: Hydatidosis (cystic echinococcosis) is endemic in Rio Negro Province, Argentina. In 1980 started a control program against the disease. In 1984 Frider et al performed the first ultrasound screening in the world at Pilcaniyeu city, later extended to other localities of Rio Negro province. The initial prevalence in asymptomatic people was 7.1% in Pilcaniyeu and 10.1% in Comallo, being all new cases and with surgical indication. The aim of this investigation was to determine the current prevalence and analyze the evolution of the disease across 25 years of the control program. In 2009 and 2010 ultrasound screening studies were conducted in both locations in all age groups. In 512 ultrasound studies at Pilcaniyeu, the prevalence was 1.5% in children (6 to 14years old) and 4.2% in adults (total 2.5%). In 770 ultrasound studies at Comallo, the prevalence was 1.1 %in children and 6.6% in adults (total 3.0%). The overall reduction in the prevalence reached 67.2%. Regarding the age distribution, rates of 1.6%-1.9% were observed in Pilcaniyeu and of 1.0-1.9% in Comallo between 0 and 30 years old, increasing significantly above 10% after 60 years old in Pilcaniyeu and after 40 years old in Comallo. The implementation of the program actions reduced the prevalence of the disease but there are still new cases, and that indicates that some bias persists in the control of the epidemiology of the disease and levels of transmission to humans as a consequence of this failures. So the search of asymptomatic cases is still important and also their management based on the follow-up by ultrasound (watch and wait) or in the treatment with albendazol.
    Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):51-5.
  • Acta gastroenterologica Latinoamericana 03/2015; 45(1):9, 99.