Appropriate number of biliary biopsies and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography sessions for diagnosing biliary tract cancer
Tadayuki Takagi, Mitsuru Sugimoto, Rei Suzuki, Naoki Konno, Hiroyuki Asama, Yuki Sato, Hiroki Irie, Ko Watanabe, Jun Nakamura, Hitomi Kikuchi, Mika Takasumi, Minami Hashimoto, Hiromasa Ohira, Department of Gastroenterology, Fukushima Medical University, School of Medicine, Fukushima 960-1247, Japan
Ko Watanabe, Jun Nakamura, Hitomi Kikuchi, Minami Hashimoto, Department of Endoscopy, Fukushima Medical University Hospital, Fukushima 960-1247, Japan
Author contributions: Takagi T and Sugimoto M designed and performed the study; Takagi T, Sugimoto M and Ohira H analyzed the data and wrote the paper; Suzuki R, Konno N, Asama H, Watanabe K, Nakamura J, Kikuchi H, Takasumi M, Sato Y, Hashimoto M and Hikichi T provided clinical advice; and Hikichi T and Ohira H supervised the study.
Institutional review board statement: This study was reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of Fukushima Medical University.
Informed consent statement: Patients were not required to give informed consent for participation in the study because the analysis used anonymous clinical data obtained after each patient provided written consent agreeing to treatment. For full disclosure, the details of the study are published on the home page of Fukushima Medical University.
Conflict-of-interest statement: We have no financial relationships to disclose.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Corresponding author: Mitsuru Sugimoto, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Fukushima Medical University, School of Medicine, 1 Hikarigaoka, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture, Fukushima 960-1247, Japan. email@example.com
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Received: January 26, 2019
Peer-review started: January 27, 2019
First decision: February 20, 2019
Revised: February 28, 2019
Accepted: March 11, 2019
Article in press: March 11, 2019
Published online: March 16, 2019