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Could a Low-Risk Surgery Help Your Chronic Heartburn?

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – A minimally invasive surgery to treat chronic heartburn is safer than generally believed, and could be a desirable alternative to long-term use of acid reflux medications, new research indicates. Scientists found the death rate following so-called laparoscopic fundoplication surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, was far lower than the 1 percent often ...

FDA Approves Redesign of Endoscope Tied to Infections

Posted 18 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – A redesigned Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope (a type of endoscope) that has a reduced chance of spreading infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to an FDA news release, Olympus is voluntarily recalling the older version of the duodenoscope, an instrument used to drain fluid from blocked pancreatic and biliary ducts without the need ...

For Endoscopes Tied to Serious Infections, Current Cleaning Methods Not Enough

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – Recent outbreaks of dangerous infections tied to endoscopic devices called duodenoscopes have grabbed headlines, and in March the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued strict guidelines on how best to disinfect the devices. On Tuesday, the FDA announced extra cleaning measures for the devices, which are used to examine the interior of the digestive tract. But a new ...

Despite Proper Cleaning, Endoscopes May Pass on E. coli

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – An E. coli outbreak at an Illinois hospital was caused by endoscopes that had bacterial contamination despite being disinfected in the recommended way, a new study says. The outbreak occurred among patients who underwent procedures with duodenoscopes, which are specialized endoscopes used to diagnose and treat problems in the bile and pancreatic ducts. These are not the ...

Endoscopes Not Always Cleaned Properly: Study

Posted 13 Jun 2013 by

THURSDAY, June 13 – Three of every 20 flexible endoscopes used to examine patients' gastrointestinal tracts and colons were improperly cleaned, a new study finds. Those 15 percent of endoscopes had unacceptable levels of "bio dirt" – cells and matter from a patient's body that could pose a potential infection risk to other patients, according to the researchers. They examined 275 flexible ...

GI Endoscopy Complication Rates Higher Than Suspected: Study

Posted 26 Oct 2010 by

MONDAY, Oct. 25 – Complications following gastrointestinal endoscopies – procedures performed to detect ulcers, cancer and other conditions – may be higher than previously estimated. The good news is that most of the problems reported were minor, such as abdominal pain, and the rate of serious complications is actually lower than previously suspected, according to a study published in the Oct. ...

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