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Mayo Clinic Digestive Diseases Physician Update e-Edition
August 2012
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Patient Care

Study to create ZD registry underway

Flexible endoscopic management of Zenker's diverticulum has been the subject of intense interest and several small studies, but no practice guidelines have been established. Two Mayo doctors hope to change that by early next year.

Easily mastered water colonoscopy has multiple benefits

Using water in lieu of air during colonoscopy benefits patients and improves cecal intubation and adenoma detection rates. So why isn't it done more often?


Anxiety, psychotropics main factors in difficult sedation
Difficult sedation during endoscopy can lead to patient distress and incomplete or aborted exams, but few studies have addressed this issue in a systematic way. Now, a new study using validated instruments yields some surprising results.

Regorafenib shown to improve colon cancer survival
Oncologist Axel Grothey, M.D., discusses results of an international phase III clinical trial of the investigative drug, regorafenib. A multi-kinase inhibitor, regorafenib lengthened the lives of metastatic colorectal cancer patients for whom standard therapies were no longer effective.

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Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review

Sept. 6-9, 2012, in Chicago
Designed to simulate board examinations in gastroenterology, this course covers pathology, endoscopy, radiology and nutrition. Participants learn to identify and provide therapeutic approaches for disorders of the digestive tract and liver and to understand vaccinations for hepatitis patients.

Surgical Treatment of Benign and Premalignant Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases

Sept. 13-15, 2012, in Rochester, Minn.
Designed for surgeons interested in hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases, this two-day course with optional pre-course lab focuses on evaluation and surgical management of benign and premalignant conditions. It includes didactic symposia, video sessions and hands-on labs.

State-of-the-Art Small Bowel Imaging: Review and Hands-on Tutorial

Nov. 2-4, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
World leaders in small bowel imaging provide a comprehensive appraisal of CT/MR techniques for the evaluation of small bowel disorders. Included are sessions on research in Crohn's imaging, MR pulse sequences, enteroclysis technique and CT dose reduction.

Advancements in Technology and Understanding of Esophageal Diseases

Jan. 11-12, 2013, in Phoenix
This course explores the latest advances in esophageal disease, including high-resolution manometry and impedance monitoring, new techniques in endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of Barrett's esophagus, and insights into new diseases such as eosinophilic esophagitis.

See all Gastroenterology Continuous Professional Development courses

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New Staff

Imad Absah, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Minnesota

Mark Bartlett, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Minnesota

Barham K. Abu Dayyeh, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Minnesota

Madhusudan Grover, MBBS
Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Minnesota

John B. Kisiel, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Minnesota

Michael D. Leise, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Transplant Center in Minnesota

Karthik Ravi, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Minnesota

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