PENTAX Medical Blog

Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Is Adherence to Quality Metrics Associated with Improved Survival?


In 2009, the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) approved a set of quality measures for the pretreatment, treatment, and posttreatment of patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Per these metrics, pretreatment evaluation..

A New Era in Acute Cholecystitis Treatment: A Case for Endoscopic Gallbladder Drainage


Acute cholecystitis, most frequently caused by gallstones obstructing the bile ducts, is one of the most common GI emergencies. Management guidelines established in 2013 call for early or emergency cholecystectomy as the treatment of choice...

Transnasal Esophagoscopy: Indications and Use as a Predictor of Changes in Clinical Management

Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE), a technique used to examine the upper aerodigestive tract under topical anesthesia, has grown in popularity over the last decade. Studies have demonstrated the safety, ease of use, and diagnostic accuracy of this technique..

Differential Diagnosis of Small Solid Pancreatic Lesions in Asymptomatic Patients

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), the most common primary malignancy of the pancreas, is diagnosed late in 80-95% of cases. By this time, patients already have locally advanced or metastatic disease, which portends a dismal prognosis. Notably,..

Accidental Cancer Diagnosis: How a Day at Work Saved a PENTAX Medical Employee's Life

In May 2015, Denise Wallace, Regional Service Manager at PENTAX Medical showed up to help demonstrate products in the company’s booth at the annual Digestive Disease Week conference in Washington, DC. The workday started withDenise helping her colleague,..

Comparing Endoscopic Submucosal Resection Techniques for Small Gastric Lesions


This blog post summarizes a recent retrospective study that compares the benefits of two endoscopic submucosal resection (ESMR) techniques, saline solution-assisted snare and cap band mucosectomy, in the management of small (<20 mm) gastric..

EUS-Guided drainage: Peripancreatic Fluid Collections using lams


This editorial summarizes a recent retrospective, multicenter study that explores the use of lumen-apposing, fully-covered, self-expandable metal stents (LAMS) for EUS-guided drainage of peripancreatic fluid collections and necrosis. The objective of..

EUS-Guided Liver Biopsy: An Emerging Diagnostic Modality for Hepatic Pathology


This blog post compares EUS-guided liver biopsy with more traditional methods of hepatic histological sample collection, such as percutaneous and transjugular routes. The benefits of EUS-guided liver biopsy in the diagnosis of parenchymal liver disease..

Patient Compliance: The Key to Optimizing Pre-Colonoscopy Bowel Preparation and Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Detection

Colonoscopy is the modality of choice for the screening and prevention of CRC. The procedure should be performed every 10 years in average-risk patients aged 50 years and older. The colon must be cleansed of all fecal material in order for a clinician..

The Role of Social Media for Gastroenterologists

In a single day, approximately 500 million Twitter posts are made. This is indicative of the monumental role social media plays in the exchange of ideas in today’s society. The following blog post explores how gastroenterologists can employ social media..