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Koo J.H.,University of New South Wales | Leong R.W.L.,University of New South Wales | Ching J.,Chinese University of Hong Kong | Yeoh K.-G.,National University of Singapore | And 17 more authors.
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy | Year: 2012

Background: The rapid increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) in the Asia-Pacific region in the past decade has resulted in recommendations to implement mass CRC screening programs. However, the knowledge of screening and population screening behaviors between countries is largely lacking. Objective: This multicenter, international study investigated the association of screening test participation with knowledge of, attitudes toward, and barriers to CRC and screening tests in different cultural and sociopolitical contexts. Methods: Person-to-person interviews by using a standardized survey instrument were conducted with subjects from 14 Asia-Pacific countries/regions to assess the prevailing screening participation rates, knowledge of and attitudes toward and barriers to CRC and screening tests, intent to participate, and cues to action. Independent predictors of the primary endpoint, screening participation was determined from subanalyses performed for high-, medium-, and low-participation countries. Results: A total of 7915 subjects (49% male, 37.8% aged 50 years and older) were recruited. Of the respondents aged 50 years and older, 809 (27%) had undergone previous CRC testing; the Philippines (69%), Australia (48%), and Japan (38%) had the highest participation rates, whereas India (1.5%), Malaysia (3%), Indonesia (3%), Pakistan (7.5%), and Brunei (13.7%) had the lowest rates. Physician recommendation and knowledge of screening tests were significant predictors of CRC test uptake. In countries with low-test participation, lower perceived access barriers and higher perceived severity were independent predictors of participation. Respondents from low-participation countries had the least knowledge of symptoms, risk factors, and tests and reported the lowest physician recommendation rates. "Intent to undergo screening" and "perceived need for screening" was positively correlated in most countries; however, this was offset by financial and access barriers. Limitations: Ethnic heterogeneity may exist in each country that was not addressed. In addition, the participation tests and physician recommendation recalls were self-reported. Conclusions: In the Asia-Pacific region, considerable differences were evident in the participation of CRC tests, physician recommendations, and knowledge of, attitudes toward, and barriers to CRC screening. Physician recommendation was the uniform predictor of screening behavior in all countries. Before implementing mass screening programs, improving awareness of CRC and promoting the physicians' role are necessary to increase the screening participation rates. © 2012 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Chong V.H.,Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit | Telisinghe P.U.,Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha RIPAS Hospital | Jalihal A.,Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases International | Year: 2010

BACKGROUND: Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is an uncommon autoimmune cholestatic disease that predominantly affects women. Certain human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) have been reported to be associated with susceptibility for PBC. We describe the profiles of PBC in Brunei Darussalam. METHODS: All patients with PBC (n=10) were identified from our prospective databases. The HLA profiles (n=9, PBC) were compared to controls (n=65) and patients with autoimmune hepatitis (n=13, AIH). RESULTS: All patients were women with a median age of 51 years (27-83) at diagnosis. The prevalence rate of the disease was 25.6/million-population and the estimated incidence rate varied from 0 to 10.3/million-population per year. Chinese (41.15/million) and the indigenous (42.74/million) groups had higher prevalence rates compared to Malays (22.62/ million). The prevalence among female population was 54.6/ million-population. All patients were referred for abnormal liver profiles. Five patients had symptoms at presentations: jaundice (20%), fatigue (20%), arthralgia (30%) and pruritus (20%). Serum anti-mitochondrial antibody was positive in 80% of the patients. Overlap with AIH was seen in 30%. Liver biopsies (n=8) showed stage I (n=2), II (n=4) and III (n=2) fibrosis. There were no significant differences in the HLA profiles between PBC and AIH. Compared to the controls, PBC patients had significantly more HLA class I alleles specifically B7 (P=0.003), Cw7 (P=0.002) and Cw12 (P=0.007) but not the class II alleles. At a median follow-up of 23.5 months (2 to 108), all patients were alive without evidence of disease progression. CONCLUSIONS: PBC is also a predominant female disorder in our local setting and most had mild disease. The HLA profiles of our patients were different to what have been reported. © 2010, Hepatobiliary Pancreat Dis Int.

Lim S.,University of Brunei Darussalam | Naing L.,University of Brunei Darussalam | Chong V.H.,Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha RIPAS Hospital
Brunei International Medical Journal | Year: 2012

Introduction: Gallstones disease is a common disorder and symptomatic disease is usually managed with surgery while those with common bile duct stones are usually managed with endoscopic intervention before proceeding to surgery. This study was intended to assess the rate of cholecystectomy among patients who had undergone ERC interventions, the reasons for not proceeding to cholecystectomy and related complications. Materials and Methods: Patients who had intact gallbladder and had undergone ERC for stones related complications over a two year period were retrospectively identified from the Endoscopic Unit Registry. Detailed case note reviews were conducted. Results: The overall cholecystectomy rate post-ERC interventions was 36.9% (48/130). Cholecystectomy was offered to 59.2% (n=77) and the uptake was only 58.4% (n=45/77). Among those who agreed for cholecystectomy, 11.1% (n=5/45) failed to turn up for their scheduled surgery. Three patients (6.7%) had symptoms recurrence before their scheduled surgery: two subsequently underwent cholecystectomy without ERC intervention and one who was pregnant was managed conservatively with holecystectomy. Among the patients who had declined cholecystectomy, 18.8% (n=6/32) had symptoms recurrence. Four patients required repeat ERC interventions and eventually all had cholecystectomy subsequently. The most common reason for declining cholecystectomy was 'not keen' and already asymptomatic (46.9%, n=15/32). Among patients who were not offerred cholecystectomy (n=53/130), symptoms recurrence occurred in 15.2% (n=7/53). Four patients required repeat ERC interventions and three subsequently underwent cholecystectomy. Conclusions: The cholecystectomy rate remains low after ERC interventions. Recurrence of symptoms necessating re -interventions occurred in patients offerred and not offerred cholecystectomy. The uptake rate should be improved and delay to cholecystectomy should be reduced to avoid symptoms recurrence. Patients not undergoing interventions should be advised regarding symptoms recurrence and should be monitored.

Chong V.H.,Endoscopy Unit | Chong C.F.,Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha RIPAS Hospital
Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery | Year: 2010

Introduction: Post-cholecystectomy clip migration (PCCM) is rare and can lead to complications which include clip-related biliary stones. Most have been reported as case reports. This study reviews cases of clip migration reported in the literatures. Method: Searches and reviews of the literatures from "PubMed," "EMBASE," and "Google Scholar" search engines using the keywords "clip migration" and "bile duct stones" were carried out. Eighty cases from 69 publications were identified but details for only 69 cases were available for the study. Results: The median age at presentations of PCCM was 60 years old (range, 31 to 88 years; female, 61. 8%) and the median time from the initial cholecystectomy to clinical presentations was 26 months (range, 11 days to 20 years). Of primary surgeries, 23. 2% was for complicated gallstones disease. The median number of clips placed during surgery was six (range, two to more than ten clips). Common diagnoses at presentations of PCCM were obstructive jaundice (37. 7%), cholangitis (27. 5%), biliary colic (18. 8%), and acute pancreatitis (8. 7%). The median number of migrated clip was one (range, one to six). Biliary dilatation and strictures were encountered in 74. 1% and 28. 6%, respectively. Of the 69 cases of PCCM-associated complications, 53 (77%) were successfully treated with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), 14 (20. 2%) with surgery, and one (1. 4%) with successful percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography treatment. One patient had spontaneous clearance of PCCM. There was no reported mortality related to PCCM. Conclusion: PCCM can occur at any time but typically occur at a median of 2 years after cholecystectomy. Clinical presentations are similar to those with primary or secondary choledocholithiasis. Most can be managed successfully with ERCP. © 2009 The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

Chong V.H.,Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit | Lim K.S.,Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha RIPAS Hospital | Sharif F.,Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha RIPAS Hospital
Journal of the Pancreas | Year: 2010

Context Melioidosis is endemic to tropical regions and, despite the common occurrence of intra-abdominal abscesses, pancreatic involvement in melioidosis has not previously been reported. Objective We report our experience with pancreatic melioidosis. Patients All 65 patients treated for melioidosis who had computed tomography (CT) scans were identified from prospective databases and were retrospectively reviewed. Main outcome measures A detailed review of cases with pancreas involvement was carried out. Results There were four cases (three males and one female; median age 29.5 years, range: 25-48 years) with pancreatic melioidosis, giving a prevalence of 6.2%. All had predisposing conditions (two had poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and two had thalassemia) for melioidosis. Fever (100%), anorexia (100%), weight loss (100%), rigor (75%) and abdominal pain (75%) were the most common symptoms at presentation and the median duration of symptoms before presentation was six weeks (range: 2-8 weeks). All pancreatic abscesses were detected on CT scan. Multiple foci involvement was common (3 to 6 sites): blood (4 patients), liver (3 patients), psoas muscle (2 patients), spleen (2 patients), infected ascites (2 patients) and lung (1 patient). Pancreatic involvement ranged from multi-focal micro-abscesses to focal large abscesses and involved all parts of the pancreas (body 100%, head 75% and tail 50%). Associated pancreatic findings included splenic vein thrombosis, peripancreatic inflammation and peripancreatic fat streaking. All the pancreatic abscesses were resolved with antibiotics without requiring pancreatic abscess drainage (including one patient who died from disseminated melioidosis). Conclusion Pancreatic involvement typically occurs as part of multi-organ involvement and commonly manifests as multifoci micro-abscesses. Associated pancreatic abnormalities were also common. All responded to treatment without requiring drainage.

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