A SPECIAL ARTICLEExtreme Emesis: Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a functional disorder without laboratory markers. The challenge to clinicians is to differentiate CVS from the many organic causes of vomiting. This article focuses on the clinical features, including differences between adults and children, potential mechanisms, pertinent exclusionary investigations and treatment approaches.
COLORECTAL CANCER: AN UPDATE, SERIES #6Inherited Risk for Colorectal Cancer: Practical Approaches for Identification, Referral and Management
This paper reviews the most common causes of hereditary colorectal cancer, presents "red flags" for identification of high-risk patients and discusses the role providers can play in coordinating care for these patients.
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, SERIES #33Management of Crohn's Today-The European Prospective
A number of therapeutic trials are based in central and eastern Europe where guidelines have yet to be published. The aim of this article is to promote a European prospective on the management of inflammatory bowel diseases. Summarized are the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) Guidelines which address the differences in practice in the U.S. and Europe.
VIRAL HEPATITIS, SERIES #4Acute Hepatitis C: Diagnosis and Management
Hepatitis C virus infection often leads to chronic hepatitis and early detection is of the utmost importance. Studies evaluating treatment regimen, initiation and length of treatment show that the earlier treatment is begun, the better.
GERD IN THE 21st CENTURY, SERIES #23Chronic Laryngitis and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
There is no gold-standard in the diagnosis of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and thus, data on its etiology is limited. This paper will highlight the current knowledge and controversy in LPR and discuss current treatments.
NUTRITION ISSUES IN GASTROENTEROLOGY, SERIES #54Parenteral Nutrition in Pancreatitis is Pass?: But Are We Ready for Gastric Feeding? A Critical Evaluation of the Literature?Part I
Part I of this article reviews what the literature says, and does not say, regarding parenteral and enteral ( gastric versus jejunal) nutrition support in the patient with complicated pancreatitis. Part II "A Practical Guide to Jejunal Feeding," will appear in the October issue of Practical Gastroenterology.
Supplement to September 2007BACTERIA: A MISSING LINK IN IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME?
Supplement to September 2007THE CLINICAL AND ECONOMIC BURDEN OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Supplement to September 2007CURRENT DIAGNOSTIC STRATEGIES AND PHARMACOLOGIC TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Supplement to September 2007POSTINFECTIOUS IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: CLINICAL ASPECTS, PATHOPHYSIOLOGY, AND TREATMENT
Supplement to September 2007BACTERIA AND THE ROLE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Supplement to September 2007ANTIBIOTICS FOR THE TREATMENT OF FUNCTIONAL GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS: A CASE SERIES
AAAHC Is Now Recruiting Gastroenterologists as Surveyors
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association) is actively looking to recruit new volunteer surveyors to conduct accreditation surveys. Gastroenterologists are particularly encouraged to apply.
HouseMD Today Conference Developed in Response to Resurgence in House Call Medicine
Four Live Events & Online Educational Forum Scheduled
Coffee and Liver Cancer
Mounting evidence indicates that coffee drinking may
protect against liver injury and lower the risk of liver
Natalizumab in Crohn's Disease
A randomized, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of natalizumab induction therapy in patients with Crohn's disease was carried out in 509 patients with moderately to severely active Crohns disease an active inflammation characterized by elevated C-reactive protein concentration, and were randomized to receive the drug at 300 mg or placebo intravenously at weeks zero, 4 and 8.
Endoscopic Ultrasound: An Introductory Manual and Atlas
This book by Dr. Dietrich and his contributors is a real welcome to the world of endosonography.
Although it is a small size book, I doubt even an experienced reader will be able to finish it within a day. The book, however, serves its purpose.
FROM THE PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY LITERATURE
It is common for an initial laboratory evaluation to be performed on children with abdominal pain in order to rule out serious entities such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The authors of this multi-center study obtained registry data on 526 children with inflammatory bowel disease (mean age 11.6 years) to see if inflammatory markers were present as a result of their disease.
Erythromycin May Alleviate Cholestasis in Preterm Infants Requiring Parenteral Nutrition
Premature infants have significant problems tolerating enteral feeds, and subsequent parenteral nutrition for a prolonged time period is associated with serious health issues, including recurrent sepsis, issues related to central line access, and the eventual development of cholestasis. The authors of this study evaluated the usage of erythromycin as a motility agent to decrease the incidence of neonatal cholestasis related to long-term parenteral nutrition in Hong Kong.