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  1. Content type: Research article

    The anatomy of esophagogastric junction (EGJ) serves as the anti-reflux barrier. The gastroesophageal flap valve (GEFV) is a component of EGJ. The aim of the current study was to assess its correlation with th...

    Authors: Chenxi Xie, Yuwen Li, Ning Zhang, Lishou Xiong, Minhu Chen and Yinglian Xiao

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:118

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  2. Content type: Correction

    After publication of the original article [1], it was noticed that one of the affiliations of author Carmine Vecchione was missing.

    Authors: Marcello Persico, Mario Masarone, Antonio Damato, Mariateresa Ambrosio, Alessandro Federico, Valerio Rosato, Tommaso Bucci, Albino Carrizzo and Carmine Vecchione

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:116

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    The original article was published in BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:35

  3. Content type: Research article

    In clinical practice, assessment of constipation depends on reliability, consistency and frequency of several commonly reported or core symptoms. It is not known if frequency patterns of constipation symptoms ...

    Authors: Abdul Wahab Patimah, Yeong Yeh Lee and Mohd Yusoff Dariah

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:115

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Patients could develop endocrine and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency after acute pancreatitis (AP), but the morbidity, risk factors and outcome remain unclear. The aim of the present study was to evaluate th...

    Authors: Jianfeng Tu, Jingzhu Zhang, Lu Ke, Yue Yang, Qi Yang, Guotao Lu, Baiqiang Li, Zhihui Tong, Weiqin Li and Jieshou Li

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:114

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 60% of patients presenting to dentists with erosive tooth wear have significant gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), despite minor reflux symptoms. No longitudinal studies of reflux-associated erosive...

    Authors: Clive H. Wilder-Smith, Andrea Materna, Lukas Martig and Adrian Lussi

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:113

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Tumor suppressor gene p53 expression has been reported in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). However, the correlation between p53 expression and UC remains controversial. The aim of this meta-analysis was ...

    Authors: Xiaohong Lu, Yuanjie Yu and Shiyun Tan

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:111

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is a serious complication in liver cirrhosis with portal hypertension. We examined the treatment, recurrence and prognosis of PVT in cirrhotic patients.

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

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:112

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Globus pharyngeus is common and has a low cure rate. Its etiology is complex and reported to be associated with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). However, some patients with globus do not exhibit any reflux symp...

    Authors: Heyan Ding, Zhijun Duan, Dong Yang, Zhifeng Zhang, Lixia Wang, Xiaoyu Sun, Yiwen Yao, Xue Lin, Hang Yang, Shan Wang and Jiande D. Z. Chen

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:109

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  9. Content type: Research article

    We aimed to evaluate the role of fecal calprotectin (FC) as a noninvasive marker for the disease activity of ulcerative colitis (UC) in a Korean cohort.

    Authors: Sun-Ho Lee, Min-Ju Kim, Kiju Chang, Eun Mi Song, Sung Wook Hwang, Sang Hyoung Park, Dong-Hoon Yang, Kyung-Jo Kim, Jeong-Sik Byeon, Seung-Jae Myung, Suk-Kyun Yang and Byong Duk Ye

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:110

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  10. Content type: Technical advance

    Prophylactic pancreatic stents after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) can help prevent post-ERCP pancreatitis. However most of the pancreatic stents need to be removed by another ERCP. The...

    Authors: Cheng Zhang, Yu-long Yang, Yue-feng Ma, Hong-wei Zhang, Jing-yi Li, Mei-ju Lin, Li-jun Shi and Chun-chun Qi

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:108

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  11. Content type: Research article

    None of current diagnostic methods has been proven to be a reliable tool for gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Pepsin in saliva has been proposed as a promising diagnostic biomarker for gastro-esophagea...

    Authors: Xing Du, Feng Wang, Zhiwei Hu, Jimin Wu, Zhonggao Wang, Chao Yan, Chao Zhang and Juan Tang

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:107

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is often difficult to diagnose because bacteria in ascites cannot be detected accurately by conventional culture. In situ hybridization (ISH) was previously developed fo...

    Authors: Shingo Usui, Hirotoshi Ebinuma, Po-Sung Chu, Nobuhiro Nakamoto, Yoshiyuki Yamagishi, Hidetsugu Saito and Takanori Kanai

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:106

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) are widely used for malignant biliary obstructions. Nitinol-covered SEMSs have been developed to improve stent patency. Currently, SEMSs may be uncovered, partially covered...

    Authors: Yudai Yokota, Mitsuharu Fukasawa, Shinichi Takano, Makoto Kadokura, Hiroko Shindo, Ei Takahashi, Sumio Hirose, Satoshi Kawakami, Yoshimitsu Fukasawa, Tadashi Sato and Nobuyuki Enomoto

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:105

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Genetics plays an important role in the susceptibility to sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC). In the last 10 years genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified over 40 independent low penetrance polymo...

    Authors: Jonathan Barontini, Marco Antinucci, Sergio Tofanelli, Maurizio Cammalleri, Massimo Dal Monte, Federica Gemignani, Pavel Vodicka, Roberto Marangoni, Ludmila Vodickova, Juozas Kupcinskas, Veronika Vymetalkova, Asta Forsti, Federico Canzian, Angelika Stein, Victor Moreno, Nicola Mastrodonato…

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:104

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The global burden of liver diseases, such as hepatocellular carcinoma and liver cirrhosis, is substantial. In this study, we estimated utility weights of liver disease-related health states in the general popu...

    Authors: Minsu Ock, So Yun Lim, Hyeon-Jeong Lee, Seon-Ha Kim and Min-Woo Jo

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:103

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Current treatments for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) include pegylated interferon alpha (PEG-IFN-α) which is an immune modulator, and nucleos(t)ide analogs (NAs) which directly inhibit HBV DNA polymerase. With the...

    Authors: Yan Xu, Xu Wang, Zhenhua Liu, Changyu Zhou, Wenqian Qi, Jian Jiao, Fan Yu, Honghua Guo, Ping Zhao and Jiangbin Wang

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:102

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  17. Content type: Research article

    We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of aspartate aminotransferase (AST)-to-platelet ratio index (APRI), fibrosis-4 index (FIB-4), AST/alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ratio (AAR), and age-platelet index (API) f...

    Authors: Faisal M. Sanai, Taha Farah, Khalid Albeladi, Faisal Batwa, Yaser Dahlan, Mohammed A. Babatin, Hamad Al-Ashgar, Hadeel AlMana, Khaled S. Alsaad, Khalid AlSwat, Abdulrahman Aljumah, Ibrahim H. AlTraif, Bahaa E. Kailani and Khalid I. Bzeizi

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:101

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is an inducible defense gene which plays a significant role in inflammation. HO-1 protects cells and tissues through the mechanism of anti-oxidation, maintaining microcirculation and an...

    Authors: Fei-hu Zhang, Yu-han Sun, Kai-liang Fan, Xiao-bin Dong, Ning Han, Hao Zhao and Li Kong

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:100

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have rarely been studied because they rarely accept interferon-based therapy (IBT) and have been difficult to follow up. We investiga...

    Authors: Ming-Shyan Lin, Tien-Hsing Chen, Wey-Yil Lin, Chi-Hung Liu, Yung-Yu Hsieh, Wen-Nan Chiu, Chih-Hsiang Chang, Mei-Yen Chen, Chang-Min Chung and Yu-Sheng Lin

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:99

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  20. Content type: Research article

    As prognosis of patients with metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is mainly determined by intrahepatic HCC progression, local treatment with TACE may result in improved OS, although it is not recommended...

    Authors: Dominik Bettinger, Renan Spode, Nicolas Glaser, Nico Buettner, Tobias Boettler, Christoph Neumann-Haefelin, Thomas Baptist Brunner, Eleni Gkika, Lars Maruschke, Robert Thimme and Michael Schultheiss

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:98

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Glutathione plays crucial roles in the detoxification and antioxidant systems of cells and has been used to treat acute poisoning and chronic liver diseases by intravenous injection. This is a first study exam...

    Authors: Yasushi Honda, Takaomi Kessoku, Yoshio Sumida, Takashi Kobayashi, Takayuki Kato, Yuji Ogawa, Wataru Tomeno, Kento Imajo, Koji Fujita, Masato Yoneda, Koshi Kataoka, Masataka Taguri, Takeharu Yamanaka, Yuya Seko, Saiyu Tanaka, Satoru Saito…

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:96

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) aid therapeutic decision making in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who lose response to anti-TNF therapy. Our aim was to evaluate the frequency and predictive f...

    Authors: Lorant Gonczi, Zsuzsanna Kurti, Mariann Rutka, Zsuzsanna Vegh, Klaudia Farkas, Barbara D. Lovasz, Petra A. Golovics, Krisztina B. Gecse, Balazs Szalay, Tamas Molnar and Peter L. Lakatos

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:97

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  23. Content type: Case report

    “Lichenoid esophagitis” is a descriptive term for a lichenoid pattern of inflammation in the esophagus for which a precise histologic diagnosis cannot be established. The differential diagnosis includes lichen...

    Authors: Andrew Mitchell and Tony Petrella

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:95

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  24. Content type: Case report

    We report a unique case of a superficial esophageal cancer arising in a single diverticulum, diagnosed with magnifying image-enhanced endoscopy and then successfully treated by endoscopic submucosal dissection...

    Authors: Kuangi Fu, Peng Jin, Yuqi He, Masanori Suzuki and Jianqiu Sheng

    Citation: BMC Gastroenterology 2017 17:94

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