Is Stretta an Effective Treatment for GERD?

An expensive radiofrequency ablation technique known as Stretta does not benefit patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), researchers report in the June issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. In a meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies, Seth Lipka et al found no evidence that Stretta normalized esophageal pH values, augmented lower esophageal

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  • What are the Effects of Antiviral Therapy in Patients With IBD and CMV Infection?

What are the Effects of Antiviral Therapy in Patients With IBD and CMV Infection?

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection complicates inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but anti-viral therapy reduces the need for bowel surgery, researchers report in the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The benefits of anti-viral treatment are greatest for patients with high-grade disease, they show. CMV infection is more common in patients with

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  • Is Fecal Calprotectin a Good Marker of Crohn’s Disease Recurrence?

Is Fecal Calprotectin a Good Marker of Crohn’s Disease Recurrence?

The fecal concentration of calprotectin can be used to monitor for recurrence of Crohn’s disease, with a high enough negative predictive value that physicians can be confident they won’t miss patients with recurrent disease, researchers report in the May issue of Gastroenterology. Approximately 80% of patients with Crohn’s disease require surgery

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  • What is This Liver Tumor?

What is This Liver Tumor?

Researchers describe a rare liver tumor of vascular origin in the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Laisa Socorro Briongos-Figuero and Tomás Zamora-Martínez describe the case of a 59-year-old man with chronic pancreatitis who was was admitted to the hospital with vomiting and jaundice, without fever or diarrhea. He had a previous history of

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Bone Tumors, Abdominal Pain, and Aspirin

Physicians report an unusual case of a man with abdominal pain that responded to aspirin therapy, in the October issue of Gastroenterology. It turns out that the pain was caused by a prostaglandin-producing benign bone tumor. Harpal S. Dhaliwal et al. describe examination of a 33-year-old man with an 18-month history

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Video: Gastric to Esophageal Mucosal Transplantation

In the April issue of Gastroenterology, researchers report transplantation of mucosa from a patient’s stomach to esophagus, to prevent stricture formation after circumferential endoscopic mucosal dissection of early-stage esophageal cancer. Endoscopic submucosal resection and dissection are used to remove areas of dysplasia and cancer from the esophagus. However, stricture formation is a major drawback

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What is the Best Treatment for Esophageal Adenocarcioma?

Patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) who receive endoscopic therapy survive as long as patients treated by surgery, according to the November issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Esophageal cancer is a highly fatal malignancy—approximate 19% of patients survive 5 years. The incidence of EAC, the most common form of esophageal

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What to do About Gastric Polyps

When clinicians detect a gastric polyp during endoscopy, they are faced with many questions: does the polyp need to be excised, or can a biopsy sample be collected and analyzed? Which polyps should be biopsied? Should patients then be followed, and how? In the November issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and

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Preventing Weight Gain After Gastric Bypass

A procedure called transoral outlet reduction can reverse weight gain after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), according to a controlled clinical trial published in the July issue of Gastroenterology. Although these results were achieved using a superficial suction-based device, greater levels of weight loss could be achieved with newer, full-thickness suturing

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Why Do People Still Develop Colorectal Cancer After Colonoscopy?

Some people who receive screening colonoscopies are still at risk for colorectal cancer (CRC) because neoplastic polyps found are not completely removed, according to the January issue of Gastroenterology. While the quality of colonoscopy examinations has focused on polyp detection, better methods are needed to evaluate polyp removal. The goal

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