Differential diagnosis of benign and malignant branch duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm using contrast-enhanced endoscopic ultrasonography
Hirofumi Harima, Seiji Kaino, Shuhei Shinoda, Michitaka Kawano, Shigeyuki Suenaga, Isao Sakaida, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi 755-8505, Japan
Author contributions: Harima H drafted the manuscript; Kaino S designed the study and helped draft the manuscript; Shinoda S, Kawano M and Suenaga S acquired and analyzed the data; and Sakaida I approved the final manuscript.
Ethics approval: This study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine.
Informed consent: In this retrospective study, written informed consent was not provided by the participants, but the documents that explain how the data included in this study would be used were published on the internet.
Conflict-of-interest: None of the authors have been funded by any foundation or other nongovernmental source. There are no financial disclosures from any authors.
Data sharing: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Hirofumi Harima, MD, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-1-1 Minami-Kogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi 755-8505, Japan. email@example.com
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Received: November 6, 2014
Peer-review started: November 7, 2014
First decision: December 11, 2014
Revised: January 14, 2015
Accepted: January 30, 2015
Article in press: January 30, 2015
Published online: May 28, 2015