Is an Endoscopic Transluminal Approach Better Than Surgery for Patients With Necrotizing Pancreatitis?

An endoscopic transluminal approach for treatment of infected necrotizing pancreatitis, compared with minimally invasive surgery, significantly reduced major complications, lowered costs, and increased quality of life, according to a randomized trial published in the March issue of Gastroenterology. Acute pancreatitis is the third most common gastrointestinal disorder in the United

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  • Hazards of Very Hot Coffee

Hazards of Very Hot Coffee

Persistent drinking of very hot coffee can cause exfoliative esophagitis due to thermal injury, researchers report in the November issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Florian Schertl et al describe the case of a 55-year-old woman with new retrosternal pain upon swallowing. She had been receiving continuous and successful proton pump inhibitor

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  • Does Acute Pancreatitis Increase Risk of Pancreatic Cancer?

Does Acute Pancreatitis Increase Risk of Pancreatic Cancer?

Patients hospitalized with acute pancreatitis have a 2-fold increased risk of pancreatic cancer compared with the general population, researchers report in the May issue of Gastroenterology. Acute pancreatitis is a sudden-onset inflammatory disease of the pancreas. Although acute pancreatitis promotes development of pancreatic cancer in mouse models, there have been conflicting findings from epidemiology

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  • What Complications Can Arise From Percutaneous Liver Biopsy?

What Complications Can Arise From Percutaneous Liver Biopsy?

A unique complication of portal vein thrombosis after a percutaneous liver biopsy is reported in the January issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Liver biopsies are collected to aid in diagnosis of liver disease and staging of fibrosis, but complications can include pain, bleeding, puncture of another organ, and rare events such as biliary peritonitis, sepsis and

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  • 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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