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

EUS-CGN may be superior to EUS-CPN for pancreatic cancer pain

Endoscopic ultrasound-guided celiac plexus neurolysis is an important nonpharmacological option for treating intractable pancreatic cancer pain. But direct injection into the celiac ganglia may improve neurolysis and pain control compared with standard approaches.

Enterography improves diagnosis and management of IBD

Cross-sectional imaging is the new standard of care for diagnosing and managing inflammatory bowel disease. Studies also support its use in therapeutic decision making and determining response to therapy.

Research

NOTES hybrids and spinoffs show promise
Pure natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) procedures have proved challenging, so many NOTES techniques under investigation are hybrids or spinoffs. Some have shown encouraging preliminary results in clinical trials.

Split-dose bowel prep improves colonoscopy quality and outcomes
A new study shows that split-dose bowel preparations do more than clean the colon. They also improve all quality markers of colonoscopy, including completion rates and adenoma and polyp detection rates.

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Education

Advancements in Technology and Understanding of Esophageal Diseases

Jan. 11-12, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz.
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.

Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology & Hepatology 2013

Feb. 21-24, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
This course covers new approaches to the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. Topics include inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, motility and nutrition, pancreatobiliary disorders, endoscopy, and hepatology. New endoscopic techniques will be available at a hands-on endoscopy workshop.

See all Gastroenterology Continuous Professional Development courses

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New Staff

Michael C. Stephens, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Minnesota

Mark J. Truty, M.D.
Gastroenterologic and General Surgery

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Consults & Referrals

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Resources

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