eLetters

24 e-Letters

published between 2021 and 2024

  • Aerophagia and abdominal migraine as childhood functional gastrointestinal disorders
    Kleomenis Spiroglou

    Editor,

    We read with great interest the article of Rasquin-Weber et al (1), by the title “childhood functional gastrointestinal disorders” in which the authors try to define criteria for functional gastrointestinal disorders in infancy, childhood and adolescence. In this paper the authors consider abdominal migraine as a distinct subgroup of recurrent abdominal pain. Even though it is known for a l...

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  • Antibiotic prophylaxis using cefuroxime in acute pancreatitis
    Thangadorai Amalesh

    Dear Editor

    The UK Guidelines on Acute pancreatitis by the BSG Working party (Gut 1998; 42(suppl 2): S1-13) recommends cefuroxime as the preferred antibiotic in patients with acute severe pancreatitis. This is based on the study by Saino et al.[1] In this randomised, prospective study even though less people in the cefuroxime group died there were 67% of the patients who started treatment with ce...

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  • Author's reply
    Gert De Hertogh

    Dear Editor

    We would like to thank Dr Chandrasoma for his attentive reading and kind comments on our work published in Gut.[1] He has also provided the readers with an admirable synthesis of the most recent research on the development of the different mucosal types in the gastro-oesophageal junction region. By means of this letter, we want to reflect on some of his comments.

    The quintessence of Dr Cha...

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  • Role of multi-detector row CT angiography in the management of gastric fundal varices
    Jürgen K. Willmann

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Matsumoto et al. for their interest in our work.[1]

    Balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (B-RTO) is a recently described interventional radiology technique which allows effective treatment of gastric varices similar to but less invasive than transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt stent (TIPSS).[2] It has recently been shown that B-RTO of gastric varices ca...

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  • Problems with the diagnosis and treatment of gastric lymphomas
    S A Ely

    Editor,

    Although it is valuable in some respects, the study from Nakamura et al (Gut 2001;48:454-460) highlights and potentially exacerbates a critical stumbling block in the diagnosis and treatment of gastric lymphomas.

    The authors divide gastric "MALT" lymphomas into low grade and high grade, based on the absence or presence of, "... clusters or sheets of large cells [comprising] at least 1% of the neopla...

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  • Re: Problems with the diagnosis and treatment of gastric lymphomas
    Shotaro Nakamura

    Dear Editor,

    Dr. Ely seems to have confounded the definition of "high grade component" with that of "high grade MALT lymphoma" in our paper. Based on the previous study by de Jong and colleagues,[1] we used 1% cut off value for the presence or absence of high grade component. When the high grade component cells were less than 10% among the neoplastic lymphoid population, such cases were categorized as low grad...

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  • Two questions about DA-9601
    David L Elliott
    Dear Editor,

    1) In the authors' studies, or replications by others, were anti-oxidants other than DA-9601 used (e.g. ascorbic acid)?

    2) Have the authors a financial interest in DA-9601?

  • Further research is needed on the role of TPMT activity in 6 thioguanine prescribing
    Dermot P.B. McGovern

    Dear Editor

    In their letter de Jong et al (Gut 2001;49:874-875) state that in IBD the efficacy and myelotoxicity of 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) and azathioprine (AZA) are related to the 6-thioguanine (6-TG) levels achieved. It is thought that the 6-thioguanine nucleotides (6-TGN) are the predominantly active metabolite of AZA/6-MP and that efficacy and myelotoxicity seem to be related to 6-thioguanine metabolite level...

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  • Remarkable resemblance in the mode of transmission of HCV among Hemodialysis patients and IVDAs
    Anil K Saxena, MD; MRCP (Dublin)

    Dear Editor

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is widespread among patients on long-term hemodialysis (HD) and the intravenous drug abusers (IVDAs). However, there seem to be striking similarities in the mode of transmission between the two groups since both form high-risk groups for the parenterally transmitted HCV infection.

    The indispensable requirement of having vascular access site possibly adds to the...

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  • Role of multi-detector row CT angiography in the management of gastric fundal varices
    Akio Matsumoto

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the article by Willmann and collegues [1] regarding the superiority of multi-detector row CT (MDCT) angiography over endoscopic ultrasound for the detection and characterization of submucosal gastric fundal varices (FV).

    We strongly agree that MDCT angiography provides excellent visualization of FV, as well as afferent and efferent veins, and that it gives us valuable...

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