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It is both an exciting and challenging time for diagnostic endoscopy. The latest endoscopy platforms provide sharp, high-resolution images of the gastrointestinal tract that help us distinguish subtle mucosal and vascular patterns. By itself, this represents a significant improvement in performance compared to standard-definition endoscopy. In parallel, several advanced imaging modalities have emerged that provide […]

Inside AGA

The AGA Community is a member-only online forum where you can connect with GIs from around the world. In recent years, it has become a steadfast sounding board for physicians to gain insight into their difficult patient scenarios. AGA members have reached out to their colleagues to determine best practices for therapies, diagnoses and disease-management options […]

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In the hospital setting, upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding remains the most common reason for consulting a gastroenterologist. The care of patients with upper GI bleeding has recently changed, including the approach to initial management, timing of endoscopy, use of blood products, and available techniques for endoscopic therapy. I am going to provide an overview of […]

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The obesity epidemic is upon us. The most recent data from the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System on self-reported rates of obesity show that, even in the “fittest” states in the country, obesity is reported in one in five individuals.1 The obesity epidemic has overwhelmed our practices, bariatric surgeons and health care systems. The direct […]

Debates

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. The past decade has witnessed numerous technical and technological advances in the field of colonoscopy. One of the most important developments, however, has been the realization […]

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One of the most common clinical challenges that endoscopists encounter is how to properly manage antithrombotic agents in patients undergoing endoscopic procedures. Optimal management requires strategies individualized to specific patients. Physicians must consider the bleeding risk of the endoscopic procedure being performed, the underlying patient condition necessitating the antithrombotic therapy and the specific characteristics of […]

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The link between chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colon cancer is well established. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is increased in patients with IBD involving at least one-third of the colon, and it is important to remember that it is the same for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Classically, the risk of CRC was estimated to […]