• Can THC Relieve Chronic Abdominal Pain?

Can THC Relieve Chronic Abdominal Pain?

In a phase 2 study, researchers found no difference between a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) tablet and a placebo tablet in reducing pain measures in patients with chronic abdominal pain from pancreatitis or surgery. Authors Marjan de Vries and Harry van Goor explain their findings in their video abstract: The study was

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  • What Comes First — the Psychological Disorder or the Gastrointestinal Disorder?

What Comes First — the Psychological Disorder or the Gastrointestinal Disorder?

More patients receive a diagnosis of a mood or anxiety disorder before diagnosis of a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID), researchers report in the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The findings indicate opportunities for prevention and support the role of adverse socioeconomic factors in development of FGIDs in patients

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  • Candy Cane Esophagus From Hot Tea

Candy Cane Esophagus From Hot Tea

Researchers describe a patient with a “candy cane appearance” of the esophagus, due to acute thermal injury, in the October issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Upon further investigation, the authors found that the patient had poured hot boiling tea into his throat. Arun AC and Jenish Rajma describe the case of a 19-year-old

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  • Does Pancreatectomy With Islet Autotransplantation Benefit Patients With Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis?

Does Pancreatectomy With Islet Autotransplantation Benefit Patients With Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis?

In patients with recurrent acute pancreatitis, total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) reduces pain and requirements for narcotic therapy, and increases quality of life, researchers report in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. This treatment should be considered when medical and endoscopic therapies have failed. Recurrent acute pancreatitis, caused

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Pyoderma Gangrenosum in Fingers of Patient With Crohn’s Disease

In the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, researchers describe a patient with Crohn’s disease who developed pyoderma gangrenosum in an unusual location. Faisal Inayat and Abu Hurairah describe a 40-year-old woman who came into the hospital with bilateral, mild, localized pain and discoloration of the fingernails for 10 days (see picture).

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  • This is Your Brain on Anti-TNF Therapy

This is Your Brain on Anti-TNF Therapy

Anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents rapidly reduce pain perception in brains of patients with Crohn’s disease, researchers show in the October issue of Gastroenterology. This observation could explain how clinical disease activity is often reduced long before signs of mucosal healing. Patients with Crohn’s disease treated with anti-TNF agents often report reductions in abdominal pain

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  • What’s Wrong With Herbal Supplements?

What’s Wrong With Herbal Supplements?

Herbal supplements, used by many people for weight loss and bodybuilding purposes but also to improve well-being and reduce symptoms of chronic diseases, have recently come under investigation because of uncertainty about their contents, safety, and efficacy. On February 3, the New York Times wrote that the New York State attorney general’s office accused 4 major retailers of selling

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What Can Relieve Symptoms of Functional Dyspepsia?

Buspirone, an agonist of the serotonin receptor 5-HT1A, relaxes the proximal stomach to reduce symptoms of functional dyspepsia and increase gastric accommodation, according to trial results presented in the November issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Functional dyspepsia is a common gastrointestinal disorder. It is characterized by early satiation, postprandial

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Can Antioxidants Reduce Pain from Chronic Pancreatitis?

A randomized, placebo-controlled trial published in the September issue of Gastroenterology found that antioxidants do not reduce pain or improve quality of life in patients with chronic pancreatitis—at least for middle-aged patients with alcohol- or smoking-related disease. Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by inflammation of the pancreas, with loss of normal

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Treating Rumination and Supragastric Belching

Baclofen is an effective treatment for patients with rumination or supragastric belching/aerophagia, according to the April issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Rumination syndrome is characterized by the effortless, often repetitive regurgitation of recently ingested food into the mouth; it results from contraction of the abdominal muscles and a subsequent

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