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Colonic Anisakiasis

To the Editor: A 24-year-old man with a 2-week history of nausea, lower-right abdominal pain, and melena presented to the Gastroenterology outpatient clinic. He had no previous cardiovascular or gastrointestinal problems and denied any history of an allergy. In addition, the patient reported having eaten raw mackerel, sardines, and squid at a sushi restaurant 2 […]

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Nutritional Nightmare: Hypoparathyroidism Secondary to Celiac Disease

A 33-year-old woman with history of diverticulitis status post hemicolectomy and idiopathic hypoparathyroidism presented with tetany and facial twitching for 3 months. She was transferred to a tertiary medical center for refractory tetany. She presented to her physician earlier in the week for diffuse muscle cramps and facial twitching. On review of her medical record, […]

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Screening for Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients with Cirrhosis: A Need to Increase Awareness

Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common primary liver cancer, occurring largely in patients with cirrhosis. The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma is rising in the US, as is its mortality, making hepatocellular carcinoma one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the country.1 Despite the fact that early detection improves survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, […]

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Gastric Crohn’s Disease: A Rare Cause of Intermittent Abdominal Pain and Vomiting

Crohn’s disease is a chronic idiopathic inflammatory disease that may involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. It most commonly affects the terminal ileum and cecum, and less commonly is isolated to the colon. Crohn’s disease involving the stomach or duodenum is uncommon and described in only 0.5% to 4% of […]

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Online Educational Video Improves Bowel Preparation and Reduces the Need for Repeat Colonoscopy

  Unsatisfactory bowel preparation has been reported in up to 33% of screening colonoscopies. Patients’ lack of understanding about how a good bowel preparation can be achieved is one of the major causes. Patient education has been explored as a possible intervention to improve this important endpoint and has yielded mixed results. We compared the […]

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