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  • Spiral enteroscopy–assisted ERCP in bariatric-length Roux-en-Y anatomy: a large single-center series and review of the literature (with video)

    Deep enteroscopy-assisted ERCP (DEA-ERCP) in post-bariatric Roux-en-Y (RY) anatomy is challenging. Laparoscopy-assisted ERCP (LA-ERCP) and EUS-directed transgastric ERCP (EDGE) are technically easier and faster but are more invasive and morbid procedures. Therefore, we have used DEA-ERCP as our first-line approach, reserving EDGE and LA-ERCP for cases in which adjunctive techniques that cannot be performed through an enteroscope are required (eg, EUS-FNA, sleeve sphincter of Oddi manometry), or DEA-ERCP failures. The 2 main methods for DEA-ERCP are balloon- and spirus-assisted. Current literature on spiral enteroscopy ERCP (SE-ERCP) in bariatric RY anatomy is scant with low success rates reported. Our center has nearly exclusively used SE-ERCP for bariatric patients. Here, we report one of the largest such series to date. Methods
    This is a retrospective cohort study of consecutive patients with bariatric-length RY anatomy who had SE-ERCP from December 2009 to October 2016 at a tertiary care center, by one operator (S.N.S.). Primary outcomes included success at reaching the papilla, cannulation success, success of desired therapeutic intervention, and overall SE-ERCP success. Results
    Thirty-five SE-ERCPs were performed (28 in bariatric RY gastric bypass and 7 other long-limb RY surgical reconstructions). The papilla was reached in 86% (30/35) of cases. Cannulation success in patients in whom deep cannulation was indicated (28/30) was 100% (28/28 cases, including the 24 cases with native papilla). Therapeutic ERCP success was 100% (28/28). Overall SE-ERCP success was 86% (30/35). Median length of stay was 3 days. Median procedure time was 189 minutes. Reasons for SE-ERCP failures included RY anastomosis stricture, adhesions (2), long Roux limb, and redundant small bowel. Two of these patients underwent interventional radiology-guided percutaneous biliary drainage, 2 patients had laparoscopy-assisted ERCP, and 1 patient had EUS-guided antegrade cholangioscopy with sphincteroplasty and stone clearance. There were no adverse events. Conclusion
    With sufficient allotted time (median procedure time ∼3 hours) and high operator experience (a single-operator volume that exceeds that of other published series), SE-ERCP is safe and effective in bariatric, long-limb RY patients with an overall success rate of 86%, which is higher than previously reported.
  • EMR is superior to rectal suction biopsy for analysis of enteric ganglia in constipation and dysmotility

    Background and Aims
    Patients with chronic constipation or motility disorders may be referred for rectal suction biopsy (RSB) to rule out Hirschsprung’s disease (HD). RSB may not be successful beyond infancy because of the increased thickness of the rectal mucosa. EMR could improve the diagnostic yield for HD when compared with traditional RSB because larger and deeper samples are acquired for analysis. Methods
    In this prospective, single-center study, patients referred for RSB were offered enrollment for concurrent EMR. Specimens were analyzed pathologically for size, submucosal ganglionic tissue, and acetylcholinesterase or calretinin staining. Biopsy results were compared with transit studies, anorectal manometry, and constipation severity through validated questionnaires. Results
    Seventeen patients (2 male, 15 female; mean age, 35.8 years; range, 22-61 years) were enrolled in the study from 2008 to 2014. All patients underwent anorectal manometry (88% with anorectal dysfunction, 68% with outlet obstruction) and transit studies (41% with delayed transit). There were no reports of adverse events from the RSB and EMR procedures. The RSB sample volumes were significantly lower than the EMR sample volumes (0.023 cm3 vs 0.26 cm3, P = .001). There was diagnostic tissue for submucosal visualization by RSB in 53% (9/17) of cases compared with 100% (17/17) with EMR (P = .003). No cases of HD were diagnosed by RSB; one patient had rare ganglions observed by EMR. Conclusions
    EMR provides greater tissue volume and can improve the characterization of ganglion cells in rectal tissue compared with RSB in patients with moderate to severe constipation with suspected HD.