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Year 2021 / Volume 113 / Number 2

Editorial

Screening guide for hepatitis C virus infection in Spain
81-82
Javier Crespo on behalf of Grupo técnico de cribado de la infección por el VHC*,

* Grupo técnico de cribado de la infección por el VHC: Javier Crespo

Since the Plan Estratégico para el Abordaje de la Hepatitis C (Strategic Plan for Tackling Hepatitis C - PEAHC) of the Spanish Health Service (SNS) was approved in 2015, the joint response to hepatitis...

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COVID-19 and the digestive system: implications for transforming care delivery
83-84
Javier A. Cienfuegos, Enrique Pérez-Cuadrado,

The pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has posed an unprecedented challenge to health systems, leading in many countries to the collapse of health care and a lack of preventive measures both for the most vulnerable...

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The impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the surgical management of colorectal cancer: lessons learned from a multicenter study in Spain
85-91
Patricia Tejedor, Vicente Simó, Jorge Arredondo, Irene López-Rojo, Jorge Baixauli, Luis Miguel Jiménez, Marcos Gómez-Ruiz, Carlos Pastor, Project Working Group on behalf of Project Working Group*,

* Project Working Group: Project Working Group, Juan Jose Pérez Alegre, Enrique Pastor Teso, Maria Isabel Martínez Rodríguez, Javier Sánchez González, Ekta Choolani Bhojwani, Ignacio Paredes, Ricardo Iglesias, Oscar Alonso Casado, Luis de Nicolás Navas, Gloria Ortega-Pérez, Carlos Sánchez Justicia, Sara Rosenstone Calvo, Jaime Zorrilla Ortúzar, Elena Hurtado Caballero, Carmen Cagigas Fernández, Lidia Cristobal Poch, Lucía Granero Peiró, Patricia Martínez Ortega

Objective: the aim of the study was to analyze the management of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients diagnosed with CRC or undergoing elective surgery during the period of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Material...

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Views of patients with inflammatory bowel disease during the COVID-19 pandemic: ACCU survey results
92-97
Paula Fernández Álvarez, María Belvis Jiménez, Belén Maldonado Pérez, Luisa Castro Laria, Ángel Caunedo Álvarez, José Luis Rodríguez de los Ríos, Federico Argüelles-Arias,

Introduction and objectives: the SARS-COV-2 pandemic has forced a substantial change in the care of patients with digestive pathologies, especially for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients taking...

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Consequences and management of COVID-19 on the care activity of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Unit
98-102
Ismael El Hajra, Marta Calvo, Elena Santos Pérez, Santiago Blanco Rey, Irene González Partida, Virginia Matallana, Yago González-Lama, María Isabel Vera,

Introduction: COVID-19 has altered the usual practice of medicine and the state of emergency declared in Spain on March 14th has considerably changed the activity of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) units....

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Liver manifestations in COVID-19 and the influence of pre-existing liver disease in the course of the infection
103-109
María Fernanda Guerra Veloz, Patricia Cordero Ruiz, María José Ríos-Villegas, Pilar Del Pino Bellido, José Bravo-Ferrer, Rocío Galvés Cordero, María Lorena Cadena Herrera, Carmen Vías Parrado, Francisco Bellido Muñoz, Francisco Vega Rodríguez, Ángel Caunedo Álvarez, Jesús Rodríguez-Baño, Isabel Carmona Soria,

Introduction: patients with advanced chronic liver disease (CLD) may be at an increased risk of a severe course due to cirrhosis-associated immune dysfunction. The aim of this study was to determine the...

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Association between ustekinumab trough concentrations and biochemical outcomes in patients with Crohn’s disease. A real life study
110-115
Rosa Gómez Espín, Isabel Nicolás De Prado, Mayte Gil Candel, Marta González Carrión, Lorena Rentero Redondo, Carles Iniesta Navalón,

Introduction: numerous studies have shown a positive correlation between serum biologic drug concentrations and favorable therapeutic outcomes during the induction and maintenance period in patients with...

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Pre-procedural antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2 in the routine endoscopic practice
116-118
Alejandro Hernández Camba, Raquel Marcelino Reyes, Manuel Hernández-Guerra, Óscar Alberto Blasco Amato, Phillip Bennemann, Natalia De La Riva, Sara Diaz Machin, José Alejandro Medina,

Methods: a retrospective multicenter cohort study was performed of all endoscopic procedures performed between April 27 and June 15, 2020. A screening questionnaire (SQ) was performed with patients three...

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Resumption of endoscopy in the Galician colorectal cancer screening programme after the COVID-19 lock down: patient safety results
119-121
Isabel Peña-Rey, Raquel Almazán, Elena Rodríguez-Camacho, Joaquín Cubiella,

The COVID-19 pandemic meant that the population-based colorectal cancer (CRC) screening programs had to be suspended. Modifications were made to the organization in order to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission....

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Gastric ulcers with upper gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with severe SARS-CoV-2
122-124
Francisco Pérez Roldán, Zaida Malik Javed, Jose Luis Yagüe Compadre, María del Carmen Navarro López, David Rodríguez-Bobada Caraballo, Icíar Fernández Visier, Mercedes Burgos Andeliz, Pedro Santiago González Carro,

A new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was identified earlier this year and spread rapidly globally. The clinical manifestations that it produces have gradually become known and the typical clinical picture is...

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Impact of liver injury on the severity of COVID-19: a systematic review with meta-analysis
125-135
Javier Ampuero, Yolanda Sánchez, María Rosario García-Lozano, Douglas Maya-Miles, Manuel Romero Gómez,

Background and aims: SARS-CoV-2 is mainly a respiratory virus that has relevant systemic effects. We assessed the impact of baseline liver function (aspartate aminotransferase [AST], alanine aminotransferase...

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Avatrombopag for the management of thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic liver disease
136-140
María Luisa Lozano,

Severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count < 50 x 109/l) is the most frequent hematological disorder in patients with chronic liver disease, affecting 64-84 % of individuals with cirrhosis. The pathophysiological...

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Spontaneous pneumoperitoneum and pneumatosis intestinalis as sole manifestations of a COVID-19 infection. An extremely rare complication
141-142
Antonio Jesús Láinez Ramos-Bossini, María del Carmen Pérez García, Miguel Ángel Pérez Rosillo, Regina Gálvez López,

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Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration for the diagnosis of a case of a huge abdominal mass
143-144
Yimin Ma, Wen Zhang, Zhenguo Qiao, Tian Yang,

Testicular mixed germ cell tumor is characterized by high degree of malignancy and prone to metastasis, the common of which is retroperitoneal lymph node metastasis. At present, EUS has a very important...

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A rare postoperative complication after a step-up approach for walled-off pancreatic necrosis: locating a difficult digestive duct fistula
145-146
Yongliang Tang, Haidong Xiang, Hongming Liu,

We present the case of a gallbladder-abscess cavity fistula in a 46-year-old male with walled-off pancreatic necrosis (WOPN). A step-up approach was used for two months, which consisted of a minimally...

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Research letter

Latin American authorship in scientific production on COVID-19
147
Miguel A. Saavedra-López, Xiomara M. Calle-Ramirez, Ronald M. Hernández,

Latin American scientific production related to the COVID-19 epidemic means that only 6% represent publications by Latin American authors, led by countries such as Brazil and Mexico; however, this production...

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Patients with upper gastrointestinal foreign bodies are more likely to consult later and with a higher rate of hospitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic
148
Meihong Yu, Deliang Liu, Yuyong Tan,

The COVID-19 has great impact on the health behavior of all people around the world, however its influence on patients with upper gastrointestinal foreign bodies remains unknown. In the present study,...

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Research letter

Safety in digestive endoscopy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
149
Jesús García-Cano, Francisco Pérez Roldán,

We read with interest the study by Hernández-Camba et al. about the low value of antibody testing for COVID-19 before endoscopic procedures and we would like to make some comments. Nine months after the...

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Research letter

Subcapsular hepatic hematoma as a complication of ERCP: what do we know about its etiology?
149-150
María del Mar Díaz Alcázar, Alicia Martín-Lagos Maldonado, Elena Ruiz-Escolano,

We present the case of a 79-year-old male who underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) after cholangitis. The papilla was rigid and the biliary tract was dilated with sharpening...

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Research letter

Hepatitis C and beta-thalassemia major in children: experience with glecaprevir/pibrentasvir
150-151
Diannet Quintero García, Francisco José Sebastián Cuevas, Elena Crehuá Gaudiza,

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is estimated to affect 3.26 million children worldwide, with the highest number of cases registered in Pakistan and China. Vertical transmission is the principal route in industrialized...

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Influence of the onset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the diagnosis and treatment of ulcerative colitis
151-152
Sandra Izquierdo Santervás, Pablo Casas Machado, Luis Fernández Salazar,

We analyzed how the healthcare restrictions that occurred in hospitals in Spain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly in March, April and May 2020, influenced the diagnosis, management and treatment of...

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Research letter

Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction in MELAS
152-153
José Luis Fernández Forcelledo, Eduardo López Fernández, M. Mercedes Misiego Peral,

MELAS syndrome with chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction and neurological symptoms in a patient with a fatal evolution despite medical and surgical treatment.

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The COVID-19 pandemic shows us in which way the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease should move
153-154
Vicent Hernández Ramírez, Pilar López Serrano,

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced major changes in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The articles by El Hajra et al. and Fernández Álvarez el al. show the modifications in patient...

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Adherence to intravenous biological treatment in inflammatory bowel disease patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
154
Cristina Suárez Ferrer, Tamara Pérez Robles, María Dolores Martín-Arranz,

The objective of this study was to determine the adherence to biological treatment in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients during the COVID-19 pandemic at Hospital Universitario La Paz, in Madrid....

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Research letter

Effectiveness and safety of switching to adalimumab biosimilar ABP 501 in Crohn’s disease
154-155
Angelo Viscido, Giovanni Latella,

We read with great interest the article “Effectiveness and safety of adalimumab biosimilar ABP 501 in Crohn’s disease: an observational study” by Ribaldone et al., which was recently published in your...

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Effectiveness and safety of switching to adalimumab biosimilar ABP 501 in Crohn’s disease: the extrapolation concept
155
Davide Giuseppe Ribaldone, Marta Vernero, Marco Astegiano,

We sincerely thank Viscido et al. for their appropriate and sharable comments on our recent study on adalimumab biosimilar ABP 501 in Crohn’s disease (CD). The use of a biosimilar in inflammatory disorders...

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The Screening Guidelines for Hepatitis C Virus Infection as a milestone in the path towards hepatitis C virus elimination
156
José Luis Calleja Panero, Rafael Esteban,

The publication of the Screening Guidelines for Hepatitis C Virus Infection represents a significant milestone in the path towards eliminating this infectious condition. As early as 2015, the National...

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