Guan-Yeow Ong

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan

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Publications (4)13.59 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Liver abscess is one of the complications of transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) for hepatocellular carcinoma. We studied the clinical features and analysed the incidence, risk factors, helpful clinical clues, culture profiles and predictive factors of post-TAE liver abscess. The influence of abscess development on the evolution of the tumour process was also studied. We retrospectively reviewed records of 3878 TAE procedures performed over a 6 year period. Ten cases of liver abscess developed in nine patients (eight males and one female). The incidence was 0.26% (10 episodes/3878 procedures). The main clinical presentations included fever (91.7%), chills (50%) and abdominal pain (33.3%). All but one febrile patient presented fever in a recurrent form. The positive culture rates were 41.7% for blood and 83.3% for pus. Gram negative bacteria were found in 80% of blood cultures and 68% of pus cultures. Polymicrobial infections were encountered in 60% of the blood cultures and 70% of pus cultures. Management included antibiotics, drainage and operation. Four patients died due to the direct complications of liver abscess. One patient experienced total tumour resolution after successful treatment for liver abscess. Patients with larger liver abscesses and patients with greater age carried higher mortality rates. Liver abscess is a rare complication after TAE for hepatocellular carcinoma. Recurrent fevers after an initial symptom free interval should arouse suspicion of an abscess. The mortality is high and a large abscess and higher age predict an unfavourable outcome. Abscess formation can lead to complete tumour resolution.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2004 · European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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    ABSTRACT: Colonic adenomatous polyps are premalignant lesions; early recognition and use of a polypectomy for these polyps can reduce the occurrence of colorectal cancer. The purposes of this study were to evaluate the complications of polypectomy and the relationship between the morphology and size of colonic polyps and their histology. Data on colonic polyps from 324 patients who received a polypectomy between April 1998 and December 2001 were collected. These included 207 men and 117 women, ranging in age between 17 and 86 years old, and who had had a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopic examination. A polypectomy was performed on those colonic polyps discovered, and their morphology, size, and histology were analyzed. The histological findings of these polyps included adenoma, carcinoma, hyperplastic, and inflammatory polyps. One and a half percent (n = 6) were carcinomas, all of which belonged to the Yamada III or IV polyp group and were more than 1 cm in size, except for 1 polyp which was 0.7 cm. One case was complicated by colon perforation, and 2 cases experienced mild bleeding with no need for a blood transfusion or hospitalization. Morphology and size are closely related to the malignant change in colonic polyps. Colonic polyps with a size greater than 1 cm and classified as Yamada type III or IV have a higher potential for malignant change, and a polypectomy should be considered when they are discovered. A polypectomy is a safe procedure with only minor complications.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2003 · Chang Gung medical journal
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    ABSTRACT: Lamivudine-induced hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) seroconversion in patients with chronic hepatitis B was reported to be durable by several studies but controversy still exists. The aim of this study was to evaluate the durability of the responses of lamivudine treatment. Among 53 chronic hepatitis B patients who had acute exacerbation and had finished lamivudine therapy after at least 6 months of treatment, 31 patients achieved full HBeAg seroconversion twice at least 1 month apart, and subsequently stopped lamivudine therapy. Post-treatment monitoring was continued for up to 87 weeks. Alanine transaminase (ALT), HBeAg and hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA were used as indicators for relapse. The cumulative relapse rates at 48 and 72 weeks post-treatment were 45.4% and 56.3%, respectively. During follow up, normal ALT levels precluded relapse while ALT levels over two times the upper limit of normal indicated relapse, which correlated well with HBeAg or HBV DNA reappearance. Patients older than 25 years were more likely to experience post-treatment relapse. Lamivudine-induced full HBeAg seroconversion was not durable in the Taiwanese population. ALT levels were useful for relapse detection. Age was the only independent predictive factor for relapse.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2002 · Journal of Hepatology
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    ABSTRACT: Eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EG) is an unusual disorder. It is characterized by eosinophil infiltration of the gut wall histologically and is manifested by gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms clinically. This disease entity preferentially affects the stomach and proximal small intestine. Mucosal layer disease is the most common form of this uncommon disease. We present a case of EG with transmural distal small intestinal and proximal colonic involvement whose clinical symptoms included watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, and body weight loss. Colonoscopy showed non-specific colitis in the proximal colon. Small bowel series showed diffuse jejunal dilatation with wall thickening and rigidity. Abdominal computed tomography also showed a thickened bowel wall with partial ileus and ascites. Diagnosis was established through endoscopic biopsy and ascites paracentesis, while at the same time excluding the possibility of parasite infection. Treatment with prednisolone produced a dramatic response. A high index of suspicion in cases of peripheral eosinophilia with concomitant GI symptoms is needed for the early diagnosis of this uncommon disease.
    Preview · Article · Feb 2002 · Chang Gung medical journal

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112 Citations
13.59 Total Impact Points


  • 2002-2003
    • Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan