January 2004 Vol Issue

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GERD IN THE 21st CENTURY

Introduction to a New Series

Donald O. Castell



GERD IN THE 21st CENTURY, SERIES #1

Clinical Spectrum of GERD

Donald O. Castell

Dr. Castell writes that usually, only those GERD patients with persistent symptoms or complications are seen by the gastroenterologist or gastrointestinal surgeon and that it is of critical importance that all physicians who manage these patients be educated as to the nuture of GERD and its treatment.



A SPECIAL ARTICLE

Immunospecific Therapy in IBD: Rationale and Practical Application

Georgios Papachristou and Scott Plevy

The authors give a review of IBD-related immunology and the rationale for and clinical use of anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapies for IBD. Also covered is the potential of anti-TNF agents in a variety of immune-mediated inflammatory disorders, (I.M.I.D.s).



NUTRITION ISSUES IN GASTROENTEROLOGY, SERIES #13

Bezoars: From Mystical Charms to Medical and Nutritional Management

Michael K. Sanders

Doctor Sanders states that the occurrence of bezoars is well documented in humans, but that the diagnosis, management and treatment remains a difficult task for patients and healthcare professionals. He gives the history and classification of bezoars. He also gives the symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.



FELLOWS' CORNER

A case for you to solve.

Nyree Thorne and Devjit Nayer, assisted by Bonnie Pollack

A case for you to solve.



Department Review