January 2017 Vol XLI Issue 1

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FRONTIERS IN ENDOSCOPY, SERIES #33

Endoscopic Bariatric Interventions in the Management of Obesity: The Era of Non-Surgical Management

Truptesh H. Kothari, Paridhi Malik, Shivangi Kothari, Vivek Kaul

In this article we discuss bariatric endoscopy, a newly developing field in the management of obesity by inducing weight loss associated with a minimal complication profile. Although some therapies currently remain under FDA evaluation and trials, the emergence of endoscopic bariatric therapies holds a promising future.



NUTRITION ISSUES IN GASTROENTEROLOGY, SERIES #159

Medicare Coverage for Home Parenteral Nutrition – An Oxymoron? Part II

Penny Allen

In this second part of a two part series on Medicare policy for HPN, we examine real life Medicare HPN referrals, discuss how to assess if a patient/beneficiary qualifies for coverage, and provide suggestions for alternative options when no coverage for home infusion therapy is provided.



INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, SERIES #100

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Recurrent or Refractory Clostridium difficile Infection in IBD

Yao-Wen Cheng, Monika Fischer

A recent multicenter study demonstrated safety and efficacy of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for the treatment of recurrent or refractory CDI in IBD patients with cure rates comparable to the general population. Here we discuss the impact of FMT on underlying IBD and its position in the treatment paradigm.



A CASE REPORT

A Rare Cause of Abdominal Pain in Plain Sight

Jordan Orr, Basem Alkurdi



A CASE REPORT

A Case of Significant Gastrointestinal Involvement in Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

Erin Tompkins, Matthew Robles, Mark Cumings



Departments Section


From the Pediatric Literature

Probiotic Use in Children with Acute Diarrhea

Acute diarrhea in children is a significant cause of hospitalizations in the United States and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality in children worldwide. Probiotics have been used as adjunctive therapy for acute diarrhea, but therapeutic results are not clear due to the large amount of heterogeneity in clinical trials. The authors of this study evaluated the effectiveness of a probiotic regimen (predominantly containing Lactobacillus acidophilus) in potentially reducing the length of hospitalizations at a single, tertiary pediatric medical center.



Are There More Accurate Ways to Determine Feeding Volumes in Preterm Infants?

Test weighing (defined as weighing an infant before and after feeding) has been used as a technique to determine feeding volume in infants. However, there is little evidence regarding how efficacious this technique is for preterm infants. The authors of the study prospectively followed infants between 28 and 36 weeks’ corrected age at a single newborn intensive care unit (NICU).



Medical Bulletin Board

NEW STUDY: WHEN GERD RETURNS AFTER REFLUX SURGERY, PATIENTS EXPERIENCE 10 YEARS OF RELIEF FROM NON-SURGICAL STRETTA THERAPY

NORWALK, CT – Mederi Therapeutics Inc., manufacturers of Stretta Therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), have announced the publication of a new study in Surgical Endoscopy, the journal of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. The study offers 10-year data showing the safety and efficacy of Stretta in treating patients suffering from recurring GERD after the failure of antireflux surgery.



CLINICAL GENOMICS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF COLVERA™ FOR COLORECTAL CANCER RECURRENCE MONITORING

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., - Clinical Genomics, a private company developing evidence-based diagnostic tools for colorectal cancer, announced the launch of Colvera™, a blood-based test for colorectal cancer (CRC) recurrence monitoring.



Meetings Calendar

February 19-22, 2017 - The GUILD Conference
June 10-14, 2017 - American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific Tripartite Meeting
October 13-18, 2017 World Congress of Gastroenterology (WCOG) at ACG 2017