July 2003 Vol Issue

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A SPECIAL ARTICLE

Update on Travelers' Diarrhea: Practical Strategies for Prevention and Treatment

Khalouck Abdrabbo and David A. Peura

The most common cause of travelers' diarrhea is Escherichia coli, which is usually transmitted by fecally contaminated food and water. Doctors Abdrabbo and Peura write that travelers' diarrhea is usually self-limiting and travelers should be advised before departure about dietary precautions and means of self-treatment.



NUTRITION ISSUES IN GASTROENTEROLOGY, SERIES #7

Uninvited Guests: The Impact of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth on Nutritional Status

Oren Zaidel and Henry C. Lin

"Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) should be considered in any patient who presents with diarrhea, steatorrhea, weight loss, or macrocytic anemia who complain of symptoms of bloating, cramping, or alternating bowel habits," writes Doctor Zaidel and Lin. Their article covers the normal enteric flora through clinical symptoms and diagnostic considerations.



A CASE TO REMEMBER

Fibrous Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

Cesar V. Reyes, Dan Muldong, Joyce Casis and Theresa Kristopaitis

The authors describe a small bowel stromal tumor composed exclusively of fibrous differentiation and initially recognized in a loop of small bowel, incarcerated in an inguinal hernia.



FELLOWS' CORNER

Visceral Angioedema

Sandeep Patel

Doctor Patel presents a case of a 54-year-old patient, with questions as to a diagnosis, followed by answers and a discussion of the case.



Department Review