Pediatric to adult
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As the underlying pathologies of common GI diseases are elucidated, it has become increasingly clear that many prevalent GI conditions first diagnosed in adult practice find their roots during development — from the prenatal period through childhood. Genetic variants or the presence of stressors during these key developmental stages play important roles in negative GI-health […]

Liver Bingo Card
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The supply of deceased-donor organs in the U.S. is dwarfed by the demand for lifesaving transplants. Thus, transplant physicians are charged with the responsibility of efficiently allocating these scarce resources. However, when a deceased donor becomes available, not all organs are allocated in the same manner. The Lung Allocation Score prioritizes waitlisted candidates according to […]

Plan B
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 Medical treatment options for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) — Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) — have rapidly expanded with several different classes of medications now available. Traditionally, conventional therapy has consisted of mesalamine, steroids and immunomodulators, but in the era of biologic therapy, new options are available. However, variability remains in approaches […]

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Clinicians may have noticed that pouchitis is no longer a simple, antibioticresponsive disease. Over the years, we have seen a growing number of patients with chronic antibiotic-refractory pouchitis (CARP). While the Asian “carp” fish has invaded our rivers and lakes, the CARP disease has become a threat to the wellness and even survival of the […]

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The availability of highly efficacious and tolerable all-oral direct acting antiviral (DAA) regimens for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in 2014 was met with a mix of joy and relief among both HCV providers and chronically infected patients. Finally we could do away with the low cure rates and toxicities associated […]

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Chronic pancreatitis has a wide spectrum of symptoms and severity, making it difficult to diagnose. While the advent of numerous radiographic, endoscopic and functional testing has certainly advanced our ability to reliably diagnose chronic pancreatitis, it can, at times, complicate diagnosis in an age of unclear interpretation of results. Given that this condition is not […]

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In the daily practice of gastroenterology, early detection of gastric cancer is especially difficult because of the flat morphology, rapid submucosal invasion and relatively short duration (about 1.5 years) of an asymptomatic stage. This presents a small window for gastroenterologists to identify early gastric cancer.1 The cause of gastric cancer is now recognized as chronic […]