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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument. Recurrent bleeding, along with advanced age and medical co-morbidities, is an independent predictor of mortality in patients with upper gastrointestinal (GI) hemorrhage. Although we as endoscopists cannot alter the patient’s age or their comorbidities, we may be able to reduce the risk of […]

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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument. Why use Doppler endoscopic probe (DEP) in the management of severe non-variceal gastrointestinal hemorrhage (NVUGIH)? The fundamental reason is that DEP gives endoscopists a new dimension to help them treat patients: the ability to monitor arterial blood flow underneath stigmata of recent hemorrhage […]

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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument. For most individuals with gastroesophageal reflux, treatment with antisecretory medication yields excellent symptom relief. However, medical management fails in a subset of patients with more severe symptoms, and antireflux surgery should be considered. Traditionally the procedure of choice has been a 360° (Nissen) […]

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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument.  Following the introduction of infliximab in 1998, two additional tumor necrosis factor antagonists (i.e., adalimumab, certolizumab pegol), the anti- integrin vedolizumab and ustekinumab (a monoclonal directed to interleukin 12 and 23) were approved for the management of inflammatory bowel disease. Biologics have greatly […]

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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument.  The safety and effectiveness of anti–tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been well established for decades. Therefore, introducing anti-TNF biosimilars to the marketplace does not represent a new mode of treatment for patients with IBD, […]

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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument.  Even though this dialogue is constructed as a point–counterpoint, the reader will find that Dr. Shah and I have more in common than in conflict. First, we agree that severe alcoholic hepatitis is a terrible disease for which the currently available treatments are […]

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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument. Innovation requires rigorous vetting for successful and sustained implementation. Such is the case for liver transplantation for alcoholic hepatitis. The seminal paper by Mathurin et al in 2011 stimulated debate regarding liver transplantation for patients with acute alcoholic hepatitis.1 This study showed that […]

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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument. The opinions expressed here are that of the author and do not represent the position of AGA. Gastroparesis is a chronic and debilitating disorder with a complex pathophysiology yet to be fully understood. Unfortunately, the incidence of gastroparesis and the hospital stays associated […]

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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument. The opinions expressed here are that of the author and do not represent the position of AGA. Despite what the title of this commentary may suggest, I want to state at the onset that I am not a Luddite. I trained in therapeutic […]