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The endoscopic course of scattered white spots in the descending duodenum: A prospective study.
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PMID:  22260755     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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AIM: Scattered white spots (SWSs) in the descending duodenum are an uncommon finding of upper gastrointestinal system endoscopy (UGSE). Intestinal lymphangiectasia, chronic nonspecific duodenitis and giardiasis are associated with a SWS appearance. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of SWS during routine endoscopy, as well as to evaluate the effect of treatment on this finding. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients undergoing UGSE with a SWS appearance in the descending duodenum were included prospectively. Appearance of SWSs was graded endoscopically based on density, after which patients were divided into two groups; group 1 (treated group) and group 2 (untreated group). Patients with Helicobacter pylori infection were given eradication therapy, whereas a diet was recommended to patients with intestinal lymphangiectasia. Proton pump inhibitors were initiated for patients with H. pylori negative gastritis. All patients were re-evaluated three months after therapy for the presence of any changes in the SWS appearance. RESULTS: SWSs were observed in 97 (3.2%) out of 3010 patients. This appearance was most commonly associated with chronic non-specific duodenitis followed by intestinal lymphangiectasia. While in the untreated group no statistically significant change in SWS appearance was observed, the decrease in endoscopic grade seen in the treated group was statistically significant (p<0.001). CONCLUSION: The prevalence of SWSs during routine UGSE was 3.2%, with this finding being more commonly associated with chronic non-specific duodenitis and intestinal lymphangiectasia. Treatment of the underlying causes, including H. pylori eradication, proton pump inhibitors and diet decreased the density of the SWSs.
Authors:
Adnan Taş; Seyfettin Koklu; Yavuz Beyazit; Erdem Akbal; Erdem Kocak; Hacer Celik; Ibrahim Bıyıkoğlu
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gastroenterologia y hepatologia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0210-5705     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-1-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8406671     Medline TA:  Gastroenterol Hepatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.
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Department of Gastroenterology, Ankara Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.
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