• Barrett's esophagus: clinical features, obesity, and imaging.

      Quigley, Eamonn M M; Jacobson, Brian C; Lenglinger, Johannes; Rubenstein, Joel H; El-Serag, Hashem; Cicala, Michele; McCallum, Richard W; Levine, Marc S; Gore, Richard M; Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, Department of Medicine, Clinical Sciences Building, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011-09)
      The following includes commentaries on clinical features and imaging of Barrett's esophagus (BE); the clinical factors that influence the development of BE; the influence of body fat distribution and central obesity; the role of adipocytokines and proinflammatory markers in carcinogenesis; the role of body mass index (BMI) in healing of Barrett's epithelium; the role of surgery in prevention of carcinogenesis in BE; the importance of double-contrast esophagography and cross-sectional images of the esophagus; and the value of positron emission tomography/computed tomography.
    • Effects of abdominal fat distribution parameters on severity of acute pancreatitis.

      O'Leary, D P; O'Neill, D; McLaughlin, P; O'Neill, S; Myers, E; Maher, M M; Redmond, H P; Department of Academic Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland. olearypeter83@hotmail.com (2012-07)
      Obesity is a well-established risk factor for acute pancreatitis. Increased visceral fat has been shown to exacerbate the pro-inflammatory milieu experienced by patients. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the severity of acute pancreatitis and abdominal fat distribution parameters measured on computed tomography (CT) scan.