There are many types of endoscopy—including those that use natural orifices, and those that use small incisions—but all are used to detect or treat illness. Those using natural body openings include colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, gastroscopy, enteroscopy, esophogealgastroduodenoscopy (EGD, or upper endoscopy), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Endoscopy procedures that use small incisions include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), etc.
Less-Invasive Option as Effective as Esophagus Removal
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Use of a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early stage esophageal cancer is as effective as surgery that takes out and rebuilds the esophagus, according to a study by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. ...More
The Role of EUS-FNA for the Evaluation of Biliary Strictures
Cholangiocarcinoma and other malignant bile-duct tumors are often difficult to diagnose because they commonly present late and are therefore associated with a poor prognosis. The majority of these tumors present as biliary strictures. Up to 20 percent of proximal biliary ...More
PEG Placement: An Education Program
Children with feeding difficulty typically fail to thrive due to their inability to consume enough calories to support growth. One of the means of treating feeding difficulty involves the placement of a gastrostomy tube (G-tube). This tube can be used to infuse nutrition, ...More
GI Doc: FDA Over-regulating Fecal Transplants
Fecal transplant therapy or FMT (fecal microbiota transplantation), also known as human probiotic infusion and stool transplant, is an infusion of healthy colonic flora that comes from a healthy donor. In short, the person who wishes to receive a fecal transplant receives ...More
Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscopy 101
What is bronchoscopy? Bronchoscopy is a method used for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that are performed in the lungs. It allows direct visualization in the lumen of the upper airway and the tracheobronchial tree including subsegmental bronchi. ...More
Fecal Transplants: Sharing is Caring?
It’s a new/old treatment, used back in 19581 and now regaining popularity. With the increase in cases of Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a treatment other than the usual antibiotics has to be considered. Fecal transplant is that treatment and is a sharing of poop. ...More
Slide Show: Bronchoscopy 101
In this slide show, Sharon Lesser, RN, a senior clinical nurse I, explains the basics of endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy. Lesser works in the pulmonary procedures area at the University of Maryland Medical Center, in Baltimore. ...More
The History of Rigid Bronchoscopy
Gustav Killian was the first who succeeded in extracting a foreign body from the right mainstem bronchus by the translarygneal route. This was March 30, 1897. His accomplishment was at the time a worldwide sensation. ...More
Dangers of 'Pouchitis' after Ulcerative Colitis Surgery
Development of "pouchitis" after surgery for ulcerative colitis (UC) is associated with changes in gene expression, which increase along with disease severity. ...More
Is Stretta Better for GERD than Chronic PPI Use or Surgery?
BOSTON―A newly published peer-review study that examines Stretta therapy is bringing renewed attention to this non-surgical procedure that has 10 years of patient data and recently earned The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) highest GRADE ...More