Cannabis use history is associated with increased prevalence of ascites among patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: A nationwide analysis
Catherine J Choi, Umair M Nasir, Department of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ 07101, United States
Stanley H Weiss, Department of Medicine, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ 07103, United States
Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ 07103, United States
Author contributions: Choi CJ designed the study, acquired data, performed statistical analysis, drafted, and edited this manuscript; Weiss SH supervised the design and reviewed statistical analysis of the study and edited the manuscript; Nasir UM acquired data, and edited the draft; Pyrsopoulos NT designed and supervised the study, and edited the manuscript.
Institutional review board statement: The activities described in our study do not meet the regulatory definition of human subjects research, and therefore our study was deemed not requiring approval by Rutgers Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Conflict-of-interest statement: Dr. Pyrsopoulos is a recipient of research grants from Mallinckrodt, Valeant, Gilead, Bayer, Beigene, Genfit, Prometheus, Grifols, Intercept, Zydus, and Eisai. Dr. Pyrsopoulos also has served as a consultant for Bayer, and Eisai. The other authors have no potential conflicts of interest to report.
STROBE statement: The authors have read the STROBE Statement—a checklist of items, and the manuscript was prepared and revised according to the STROBE Statement—a checklist of items.
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Corresponding author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, FACP, MD, PhD, Director, Doctor, Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, 185 S. Orange Avenue, MSB H-535, Newark, NJ 07103, United States. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: June 4, 2020
Peer-review started: June 4, 2020
First decision: July 30, 2020
Revised: August 27, 2020
Accepted: October 23, 2020
Article in press: October 23, 2020
Published online: November 27, 2020