Published online Apr 15, 2021. doi: 10.4239/wjd.v12.i4.407
Peer-review started: October 10, 2020
First decision: December 12, 2020
Revised: January 20, 2021
Accepted: March 22, 2021
Article in press: March 22, 2021
Published online: April 15, 2021
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