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Video capsule endoscopy safe for evaluating GI bleeding during COVID-19

Video capsule endoscopy is a safe alternative to standard diagnostic evaluation of hematemesis and non-hematemesis during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a presenter at the American College of Gastroenterology virtual annual meeting.“A -first strategy reduces the risk of exposure of staff to endoscopic aerosols, converses personal protective equipment and reduces staff utilziation,” Shahrad Hakimian, MD,…

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Constipation up to three times more prevalent in pregnant women

The prevalence of constipation among women was two- to threefold higher during pregnancy and for the first few days postpartum, researchers wrote in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.“Gastrointestinal function during pregnancy and in postpartum should receive attention because severe constipation may have a substantial impact on the pregnancy experience and may affect the…

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Entyvio may improve disease course in patients with immune-mediated diarrhea colitis

Entyvio therapy may improve disease course of immune-mediated diarrhea colitis and decrease steroid exposure, according to a presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology virtual annual meeting.”“Our conclusions [show] compared to infliximab, long-term use of vedolizumab has equal efficacy in clinical remission, slight delay to symptom response, better IMDC disease course, lower IMDC recurrence, less…

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Prevalence, incidence of pancreatic cysts growing

The diagnosis of patients with pancreatic cysts nearly doubled in the last 8 years, according to research presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting.In his presentation, Adam Schweber, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center, said despite recent updates in cyst research, there is still much to discover about their basic epidemiology.“Reported prevalences…

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Novel fluticasone, orally disintegrating tablet well tolerated in EoE

APT-1011, a novel fluticasone orally disintegrating tablet, effectively induced histologic response, improved symptoms and decreased endoscopic severity, according to a presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology Virtual Annual Meeting.“Histologic response was maintained through week 52, as were improvements in the number of dysphagia episodes, Global EoE Symptom Scores and [Eosinophilic Esophagitis Endoscopy Reference Score…

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VIDEO: Stool color tool may help diagnose GI bleeding

In this exclusive video from ACG Virtual Annual Meeting, Gabriela Kuftinec, MD MPH, from the department of medicine, division of gastroenterology, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, discusses the development of a stool color tool that may aid in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal bleeding.Kuftinec and colleagues surveyed GI fellows and attendings, residents…

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Patients with Crohn’s achieve tight disease control with long-term Rinvoq treatment

Patients with Crohn’s disease in their second year of treatment with Rinvoq showed sustained improvements in disease control, deep remission and quality of life, according to research presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting.Geert D’Haens, MD, PhD, from Amsterdam University Medical Centers in the Netherlands, said the CELEST phase 2 study showed…

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Black patients less likely to undergo treatment for colorectal liver metastases

Black patients with colorectal liver metastases had a lower likelihood of undergoing chemotherapy or resection and shorter survival than their counterparts of other races and ethnicities, according to a research letter in JAMA Network Open.“Although we know that liver resection can potentially cure a significant number of patients with stage IV colorectal cancer presenting with…

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In IBD, asking patients the right questions – and listening – matters

“I’m doing fine.” “I’m managing.” “I’m doing okay.”These are the words I kept hearing from one of my patients who has ulcerative colitis. Before the pandemic hit, every time she came into my office for an appointment, I’d ask: “How are you doing?” On her chart, I could see that her inflammatory markers were up,…