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  1. Research article

    The cut-off value of tumor size and appropriate timing of follow-up for management of minimal EUS-suspected gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumors

    The detectable rate of minimal gastric GISTs has continuously increased. While the surveillance and management of GIST <2 cm have been deemed controversial or lack evidence-based approaches.  The aim of the cu...

    Zhidong Gao, Chao Wang, Qian Xue, Jingtong Wang, Zhanlong Shen, Kewei Jiang, Kai Shen, Bin Liang, Xiaodong Yang, Qiwei Xie, Shan Wang and Yingjiang Ye

    BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:8

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  2. Research article

    A simple scoring model for advanced colorectal neoplasm in asymptomatic subjects aged 40–49 years

    Limited data are available for advanced colorectal neoplasm in asymptomatic individuals aged 40–49 years. We aimed to identify risk factors and develop a simple prediction model for advanced colorectal neoplas...

    Yoo Mi Park, Hee Sun Kim, Jae Jun Park, Su Jung Baik, Young Hoon Youn, Jie-Hyun Kim and Hyojin Park

    BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:7

    Published on: 9 January 2017

  3. Research article

    High serum resistin associates with intrahepatic inflammation and necrosis: an index of disease severity for patients with chronic HBV infection

    Studies have revealed that resistin plays a role as an intrahepatic cytokine with proinflammatory activities. This study investigated the association between serum resistin and fibrosis severity and the possib...

    Zhongji Meng, Yonghong Zhang, Zhiqiang Wei, Ping Liu, Jian Kang, Yinhua Zhang, Deqiang Ma, Changzheng Ke, Yue Chen, Jie Luo and Zuojiong Gong

    BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:6

    Published on: 7 January 2017

  4. Research article

    Comparison of risk adjustment methods in patients with liver disease using electronic medical record data

    Risk adjustment is essential for valid comparison of patients’ health outcomes or performances of health care providers. Several risk adjustment methods for liver diseases are commonly used but the optimal app...

    Yuan Xu, Ning Li, Mingshan Lu, Elijah Dixon, Robert P. Myers, Rachel J. Jolley and Hude Quan

    BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:5

    Published on: 7 January 2017

  5. Research article

    A significant cancer burden and high mortality of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma in Thailand: a nationwide database study

    We aimed to examine the burden of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) in Thailand and identify the prognostic factors for all-causes of death.

    Sombat Treeprasertsuk, Kittiyod Poovorawan, Ngamphol Soonthornworasiri, Roongruedee Chaiteerakij, Kessarin Thanapirom, Pisaln Mairiang, Kookwan Sawadpanich, Kanokwan Sonsiri, Varocha Mahachai and Kamthorn Phaosawasdi

    BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:3

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  6. Research article

    Relationship of body weight with gastrointestinal motor and sensory function: studies in anorexia nervosa and obesity

    Whether gastrointestinal motor and sensory function is primary cause or secondary effect of abnormal body weight is uncertain. Moreover, studies relating continuous postprandial sensations of satiation to meas...

    Sena Bluemel, Dieter Menne, Gabriella Milos, Oliver Goetze, Michael Fried, Werner Schwizer, Mark Fox and Andreas Steingoetter

    BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:4

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Clinical significance of UGT1A1 polymorphism and expression of ERCC1, BRCA1, TYMS, RRM1, TUBB3, STMN1 and TOP2A in gastric cancer

    Individualized therapeutic regimen is a recently intensively pursued approach for targeting diseases, in which the search for biomarkers was considered the first and most important. Thus, the goal of this stud...

    Yongkuan Cao, Guohu Zhang, Peihong Wang, Jun Zhou, Wei Gan, Yaning Song, Ling Huang, Ya Zhang, Guode Luo, Jiaqing Gong and Lin Zhang

    BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:2

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  8. Research article

    Analyzing the influence of gastric intestinal metaplasia on gastric ulcer healing in Helicobacter pylori–infected patients without atrophic gastritis

    Gastric epithelial hyper-proliferation was reported in patients with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)–infected gastric mucosa with intestinal metaplasia (IM) changes. In patients with gastric ulcer (GU) and IM, th...

    Li-Wei Chen, Liang-Che Chang, Chung-Ching Hua, Bor-Jen Hsieh, Shuo-Wei Chen and Rong-Nan Chien

    BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:1

    Published on: 3 January 2017

  9. Research article

    Smoking influences the need for surgery in patients with the inflammatory bowel diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis incorporating disease duration

    Studies examining the association between smoking and the need for surgery in patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have reached inconsistent conclusions. These studies often do not differentiat...

    M. Ellen Kuenzig, Sang Min Lee, Bertus Eksteen, Cynthia H. Seow, Cheryl Barnabe, Remo Panaccione and Gilaad G. Kaplan

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:143

    Published on: 21 December 2016

  10. Research article

    The prognostic influence of body mass index, resting energy expenditure and fasting blood glucose on postoperative patients with esophageal cancer

    Body mass index (BMI), resting energy expenditure (REE) and fasting blood glucose (FBG) are major preoperative assessments of patients’ nutrition and metabolic state. The relations and effects of these indices...

    Ning Wu, Yongjun Zhu, Dhruba Kadel, Liewen Pang, Gang Chen and Zhiming Chen

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:142

    Published on: 21 December 2016

  11. Research article

    Analysis of association between circulating miR-122 and histopathological features of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in patients free of hepatocellular carcinoma

    The association between circulating microRNA-122 (miR-122) and histopathological features of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) remains unclear.

    Norio Akuta, Yusuke Kawamura, Fumitaka Suzuki, Satoshi Saitoh, Yasuji Arase, Shunichiro Fujiyama, Hitomi Sezaki, Tetsuya Hosaka, Masahiro Kobayashi, Yoshiyuki Suzuki, Mariko Kobayashi, Kenji Ikeda and Hiromitsu Kumada

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:141

    Published on: 12 December 2016

  12. Research article

    Perceived stress as a risk factor for peptic ulcers: a register-based cohort study

    The association between stress and peptic ulcers has been questioned since the discovery of helicobacter pylori. This study examined whether high perceived everyday life stress was associated with an increased ri...

    Ulrik Deding, Linda Ejlskov, Mads Phillip Kofoed Grabas, Berit Jamie Nielsen, Christian Torp-Pedersen and Henrik Bøggild

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:140

    Published on: 28 November 2016

  13. Research article

    Patients with longstanding ulcerative colitis in remission do not have more irritable bowel syndrome-like symptoms than controls

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is more common in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) than expected. The prevalence of IBS in patients with UC with longstanding disease is not known. We investigated the preva...

    D. Lundgren, J. Rutegård, V. Eklöf, R. Palmqvist and P. Karling

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:139

    Published on: 24 November 2016

  14. Case report

    Liver abscess and bacteremia caused by lactobacillus: role of probiotics? Case report and review of the literature

    Lactobacilli are non-spore forming, lactic acid producing, gram-positive rods. They are a part of the normal gastrointestinal and genitourinary microbiota and have rarely been reported to be the cause of infec...

    Muhammed Sherid, Salih Samo, Samian Sulaiman, Husein Husein, Humberto Sifuentes and Subbaramiah Sridhar

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:138

    Published on: 18 November 2016

  15. Research article

    Long-term outcomes of liver transplantation in patients with hepatitis C infection are not affected by HCV positivity of a donor

    The use of HCV-positive livers for HCV-positive recipients is becoming more common. Our aim is to evaluate long-term outcomes in liver transplant recipients transplanted with HCV antibody-positive organs.

    Maria Stepanova, Mehmet Sayiner, Leyla de Avila, Zahra Younoszai, Andrei Racila and Zobair M. Younossi

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:137

    Published on: 15 November 2016

  16. Research article

    Increased mortality among men aged 50 years old or above with elevated IgA anti-transglutaminase antibodies: NHANES III

    Immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies to tissue transglutaminase (tTG) are the serologic test of choice for diagnosing celiac disease (CD). Our aim was to determine if elevated IgA anti-tTG were associated with in...

    Alberto Rubio-Tapia, Jonas F. Ludvigsson, Rok Seon Choung, Tricia L. Brantner, S. Vincent Rajkumar, Ola Landgren and Joseph A. Murray

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:136

    Published on: 3 November 2016

  17. Research article

    The incidence, presentation, outcomes, risk of mortality and economic data of drug-induced liver injury from a national database in Thailand: a population-base study

    Toxic liver diseases are mainly caused by drug-induced liver injury (DILI). We assessed incidences and outcomes of DILI including associated factors for mortality.

    Abhasnee Sobhonslidsuk, Kittiyod Poovorawan, Ngamphol Soonthornworasiri, Wirichada Pan-ngum and Kamthorn Phaosawasdi

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:135

    Published on: 28 October 2016

  18. Research article

    Usefulness of ascitic fluid lactoferrin levels in patients with liver cirrhosis

    Although elevated levels of lactoferrin provide a biomarker for inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer, the clinical significance of these elevated levels in ascitic fluid of patients with ascites c...

    Sang Soo Lee, Hyun Ju Min, Ja Yun Choi, Hyun Chin Cho, Jin Joo Kim, Jae Min Lee, Hong Jun Kim, Chang Yoon Ha, Hyun Jin Kim, Tae Hyo Kim, Jin Hyun Kim and Ok-Jae Lee

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:132

    Published on: 13 October 2016

  19. Research article

    Addition of Lubiprostone to polyethylene glycol(PEG) enhances the quality & efficacy of colonoscopy preparation: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial

    Adequate bowel preparation is an essential prerequisite for complete mucosal visualization during colonoscopy. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) solutions are commonly used. However the large volume of the solution is...

    Rupa Banerjee, Hrushikesh Chaudhari, Nirish Shah, Arjunan Saravanan, Manu Tandan and D. Nageshwar Reddy

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:133

    Published on: 13 October 2016

  20. Case report

    Malignant transformation of a gastric hyperplastic polyp in a context of Helicobacter pylori-negative autoimmune gastritis: a case report

    Gastric foveolar hyperplastic polyps (GFHPs) are common findings in clinical practice. GFHPs commonly arise in a background of chronic atrophic gastritis, including autoimmune gastritis (type A gastritis), and...

    Kenichi Yamanaka, Hiroyuki Miyatani, Yukio Yoshida, Takehiro Ishii, Shinichi Asabe, Osamu Takada, Mitsuhiro Nokubi and Hirosato Mashima

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:130

    Published on: 12 October 2016

  21. Research article

    Quality of life of early stage colorectal cancer patients in Morocco

    A multicentre cohort study was held in Morocco, designed to evaluate the quality of life of cancer patients. The aim of this paper is to report the assessment of the quality of life of early colorectal cancer ...

    Hind Mrabti, Mounia Amziren, Ibrahim ElGhissassi, Youssef Bensouda, Narjiss Berrada, Halima Abahssain, Saber Boutayeb, Samira El Fakir, Chakib Nejjari, Abdellatif Benider, Nawfel Mellas, Omar El Mesbahi, Maria Bennani, Rachid Bekkali, Ahmed Zidouh and Hassan Errihani

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:131

    Published on: 12 October 2016

  22. Research article

    The dual role of Escherichia coli in the course of ulcerative colitis

    This study examines the dual role of Escherichia coli in the course of ulcerative colitis (UC). The intestinal microbiota is considered to play an important role in UC pathogenesis, but how E. coli contributes to...

    Magdalena Pilarczyk-Zurek, Magdalena Strus, Pawel Adamski and Piotr B. Heczko

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:128

    Published on: 10 October 2016

  23. Research article

    The impact of race and ethnicity on mortality and healthcare utilization in alcoholic hepatitis: a cross-sectional study

    Alcoholic Hepatitis (AH) is major source of alcohol-related mortality and health care expenditures in the United States. There is insufficient information regarding the role of race and ethnicity on healthcare...

    Folasade P. May, Vineet S. Rolston, Elliot B. Tapper, Ashwini Lakshmanan, Sammy Saab and Vinay Sundaram

    BMC Gastroenterology 2016 16:129

    Published on: 10 October 2016

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