EDITORIAL


 

MELD - an imperfect, but thus far the best, solution to the problem of organ allocation
J. R. Lake


ORIGINAL PAPERS


Cancer Mortality in Romania, 1955-2004. Digestive Sites: Esophagus, Stomach, Colon and Rectum, Pancreas, Liver, Gallbladder and Biliary Tree

Simona Vãlean1, Petru Armean2, Simona Resteman1, Georgiana Nagy1, Adina Mureºan3, Petru A. Mircea1

Endoscopic Ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy in the Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors of the Stomach. A Study of 17 Cases
Paschalis Chatzipantelis1, Charitini Salla1, Ioannis Karoumpalis2, Dimitra Apessou3, Stratigoula Sakellariou1, Irini Doumani1, Evgenia Papaliodi3, Panagiotis Konstantinou1

Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor Antagonist Improves the Prognosis in Rats Displaying Liver Cirrhosis Induced by a Choline-Deficient Diet
Kaoru Iwata, Tetsuro Sohda, Makoto Irie, Yasuaki Takeyama, Akira Anan, Satoshi Shakado, Shotaro Sakisaka

Postprandial Walking but not Consumption of Alcoholic Digestifs or Espresso Accelerates Gastric Emptying in Healthy Volunteers
Andreas Franke, Hermann Harder, Anna K. Orth, Sabine Zitzmann, Manfred V. Singer

Clinical and Surgical Profile and Follow Up of Patients With Liver Hydatid Cyst from an Endemic Region

Ahmet Tekin, Tevfik Kücükkartallar, Adil Kartal, Adnan Kaynak, Sükrü Özer, Sakir Tavli, Metin Belviranli, Mustafa Sahin, Serdar Yol, Faruk Aksoy, Sakir Tekin, Celalettin Vatansev, Mehmet Erikoglu

Transthoracic Approach (TTA) for Subdiaphragmatic Liver Metastasectomy
Spiros G. Delis1, Andreas Bakoyiannis1, Juan Madariaga2, Nikos Tassopoulos1, Ch. Dervenis1


Postoperative Complications Linked to Pancreaticoduodenectomy. An Analysis of Pancreatic Stump Management

Enrico Benzoni, Aron Zompicchiatti, Enrico Saccomano, Dario Lorenzin, Umberto Baccarani, Gianluigi Adani, Luigi Noce, Alessandro Uzzau, Carla Cedolini, Fabrizio Bresadola, Sergio Intini

Combined-Modality Therapy with Sphincter-Preserving Total Mesorectal Excision for Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer: Patient's Age and Long-term Outcome
Bartlomiej Szynglarewicz2, Rafal Matkowski1,2, Adam Maciejczyk3, Piotr Kasprzak4, Jozef Forgacz2, Marek Pudelko2

Recurrence Pattern of Fistula-in-Ano in a Chinese Population
Poon Chi-Ming, Ng Dennis Chung-Kei, Cheung Michael Ho-Yin, Li Raymond Shiu-Ki, Leong Heng-Tat

 

REVIEWS


Principles and Applications of Gene Therapy in Colon Cancer

Rajaraman Durai1,2, Shi Yu Yang1, Alexander M Seifalian1,2, Marc C Winslet1,2

Updating the Management of Rectal Cancer
Viorica Magdalena Nagy

 

EDUCATION IN GASTROENTEROLOGY


A 45-year-old woman with rapid progressive abdominal distension
S. Greco

An unusual cause of obstructive jaundice
S. S. Sharma, P. Jain

Unusual cause of breathlessnes
R. Durai


CASE REPORTS


Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction - a Rare Condition with Heterogeneous Etiology and Unpredictable Outcome. A Case Report
Eugen Florin Georgescu1, Ion Vasile2, Ana Claudia Georgescu1

Management of Boerhaave's Syndrome: Report of Three Cases
Konstantinos Tsalis, Konstantinos Vasiliadis, Theodor Tsachalis, Emmanuel Christoforidis, Konstantinos Blouhos, Dimitrios Betsis


Bouveret Syndrome Associated with Acute Gangrenous Cholecystitis
Cornel Iancu, Raluca Bodea, Nadim Al Hajjar, Dana Todea-Iancu, Ovidiu Bãlã, Iurie Acalovschi

Retractile Mesenteritis Presenting with Malabsorption Syndrome. Successful Treatment with Oral Pentoxifylline
Andreas N. Kapsoritakis1, Christos D. Rizos1, Stylianos Delikoukos2, Despina Kyriakou3, Georgios K. Koukoulis4, Spyros P. Potamianos1

 

CLINICAL IMAGING


Confocal Endomicroscopy for in vivo Microscopic Analysis of Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Premalignant and Malignant Lesions

Cristian Gheorghe, Rãzvan Iacob, Gabriel Becheanu, Mona Dumbrava

Splanchnic Artery Aneurysms: the Diagnostic Contribution of Ultrasonography in Correlation with other Imaging Methods
Radu Badea

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


First intoxication with freshly picked amanita phalloides in winter time in central Europe
T. Thaler, L. Aceto, H. Kupferschmidt,B. Müllhaupt, M. Greutmann

Remarkably elevated serum levels of carbohydrate antigen 19-9 in cystic duct and common bile duct lithiasis
K. Mimidis, S. Anagnostoulis, C. Iakovidis, P. Argyropoulou

Cerebral sinus thrombosis in a patient with ulcerative colitis
P. Jain, S. Nijhawan

Extended poststrangulation ischemic jejunal stricture
Gh. Ghidirim, I. Gagauz, I. Mishin, M. Vozian, Gh. Zastavnitsky

Prevalence of upper and lower gastrointestinal symptoms in Greek patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
E. Cholongitas, C. Pipili, M. Dasenaki

A case of pyloric-type gallbladder adenoma
N. Constantea, D. Axente, B. Micu