Endoscopic biopsy for coeliac disease diagnosis: how many bites does it take?

February 25, 2015 | By Ahmed Gabr

A definitive diagnosis of coeliac disease is made based on the presence of characteristic histological changes in biopsy samples taken from the proximal small bowel in patients who have clinical features of gluten sensitivity. New findings suggest that the best biopsy samples for the diagnosis of coeliac disease are obtained using the single-biopsy technique.

Case of the Month

A suspicious sigmoid stricture?

February 19, 2015 | By Bjorn Rembacken

This patient is undergoing an emergency flexible sigmoidoscopy after admission with sudden onset of vomiting and abdominal distension.

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Case 2

February 17, 2015 | By Bjorn Rembacken

The photograph shows what was found in the rectum of a 65-year-old homosexual man who was complaining of bright red rectal bleeding. He admitted to drinking two to three whiskeys per day. He was not taking any medication and his only past history was of prostatic carcinoma, which was treated 2 years previously. There was no relevant family history.


Chasing up colorectal cancer

February 11, 2015 | By Christen Rune Stensvold

Each year, Europe’s second biggest cancer killer—colorectal cancer (CRC)—claims more than 200,000 lives in Europe alone; yet, early detection may result in a 90–95% survival rate. Implementation of CRC screening programmes across Europe is booming, but what are the nuts and bolts of a good CRC screening programme?

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The sessile serrated polyp—it is there if you look for it

February 10, 2015 | By Ahmed Gabr

Until 1996, serrated polyps were all classified as ‘hyperplastic polyps’ and the larger ones simply as ‘giant hyperplastic polyps’ or ‘variant hyperplastic polyps’. More recently it became evident that serrated polyps do have malignant potential and may be why colonoscopy does not protect well against future right-sided cancer. Much research into their molecular characteristics, clinical features, and malignant potential followed.

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