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

Biomaterials improve outcomes for IBD patients with fistulas

Biologic tissue grafts and a multidisciplinary approach can restore abdominal integrity and quality of life to patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who develop complex enterocutaneous fistulas.

New device effectively treats GERD

C. Daniel Smith, M.D., describes a newly approved technology that effectively controls symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Mayo Clinic in Florida is one of the few institutions to offer the device — a ring of titanium beads that augments the lower esophageal sphincter.

Stenting, EOE top list of DDW 2012 topics

Todd H. Baron, Sr., M.D., outlines his presentations for DDW 2012. Topics include palliative and preoperative colonic stenting, endoscopic management of biliary and duodenal obstruction, and the role of therapeutic endoscopy in eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE). View video on YouTube.


pCLE imaging more difficult in UC patients
Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) promises to reduce unnecessary biopsies by providing in vivo diagnosis. But chronic inflammation in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) makes interpretation of video and mosaic images more difficult.

Meta-analysis finds no difference between HD-NBI and HD-WLE in polyp detection
Studies of high-definition narrow band imaging (HD-NBI) and high-definition white light endoscopy (HD-WLE) have shown mixed results for the detection of colon lesions. Now, a meta-analysis finds little difference in yield and miss rates for the two techniques.

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Patient Care

9th Annual EUS Course &
Principles and Pearls in Pancreatology

Aug. 1-4, 2012, in Rochester, Minn.
This course offers health care providers at all levels of expertise a comprehensive, multidisciplinary review of endoscopic ultrasound. The one-day pancreatology course covers appropriate use of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in the management of pancreatic diseases.

Patient Care 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 Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Neoplasia

Sept. 13-15, 2012, in Rochester, Minn.
This course emphasizes diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for the evaluation and surgical management of patients with hepatobiliary and pancreatic neoplasia. The format includes hands-on cadaver labs to demonstrate safe techniques and innovative technology.

See all Gastroenterology Continuous Professional Development courses

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New Staff

Maria I. Vazquez Roque, M.D.
Gastroenterology & Hepatology in Florida

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Grand Rounds

New Grand Rounds presentations are available online

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Consults & Referrals

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