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    ABSTRACT: The aim is to elucidate the efficacy and safety of double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) for small bowel capsule endoscopy (SBCE) retrieval from small bowel stricture and to follow the outcome of the stricture where the SBCE was entrapped. The retention of SBCE is a serious adverse event and most retained capsules are retrieved by surgery. There is still no report analyzing the follow-up of patients with stricture after retrieval of entrapped SBCEs by DBE. This study was designed a retrospective cohort study. Subjects were 12 consecutive patients with small bowel stricture where retrieval of entrapped SBCE was attempted using DBE. Success rate of the SBCE retrieval by DBE, surgical rate of the small bowel stricture, adverse events of DBE, and outcomes in the follow-up period were evaluated. Diagnoses were Crohn's disease, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-induced enteropathy, ischemic enteritis, and carcinoma in 8, 2, 1, and 1 patients, respectively. SBCE was successfully retrieved in 11 of the 12 patients (92%). No adverse events were encountered in all endoscopic procedures such as retrieval of SBCEs and dilation of the strictures. Nine of the 12 patients (75%) did not undergo surgical treatment for the stricture where SBCE was entrapped through the follow-up period (mean, 1675±847 d). Retrieval of SBCEs using DBE was safe, had a high success rate, and was useful to evaluate the need for surgery. Seventy-five percent of patients with small bowel stricture where the SBCE was entrapped did not require surgery through approximately 5 years.
    Journal of clinical gastroenterology 04/2015; Publish Ahead of Print. DOI:10.1097/MCG.0000000000000335 · 3.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies have reported small intestinal lesions in patients with portal hypertensive disease. However, the etiology of these lesions is not clear, as portal venous pressure was not measured in any of these studies. The aim of this study is to clarify the association between small intestinal lesions and hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG), which correlates well with portal venous pressure. Thirty-five patients with liver cirrhosis were evaluated by capsule endoscopy for small intestinal lesions. HVPG was measured within 3 days of capsule endoscopy. Blood tests, clinical symptoms, Child-Pugh classification and HVPG were analyzed against small intestinal lesions such as edemas, red spots, angiodysplasia and varices. Lesions were categorized according to their location in the duodenum, jejunum or ileum. Edema was evaluated using a 4-grade capsule endoscopy scoring index. HVPG and edema scores increased with Child-Pugh scores. Red spots and angiodysplasia did not correlate with HVPG. Varices were detected in only 5 patients. The edema score was the factor which most strongly correlated with HVPG by multivariate analysis (p = 0.0008). There was also a strong linear relation between edema scores and HVPG (R = 0.75, p < 0.0001). Small intestinal edemas showed the strongest correlation with HVPG among all small intestinal lesions.
    Digestion 06/2012; 86(1):48-54. DOI:10.1159/000338180 · 2.03 Impact Factor