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

EUS-guided rendezvous effective after failed ERCP

EUS-assisted drainage is a safe and effective option for patients after failed endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. But a steep learning curve, logistical problems and cost have slowed its widespread use.

Fecal transplants may cure more than CDI

Fecal microbiota transplants have a 90 percent cure rate for Clostridium difficile infection. So what else can this simple, inexpensive procedure do?

Conflicting guidelines can impede colon cancer screening

More colon cancer screening options and conflicting recommendations may deter some physicians from screening patients. A Mayo Clinic specialist says any test is better than no test and suggests a simple way to choose the right one.

Research

PROSPECT trial challenges rectal cancer paradigm
Despite significant side effects, preoperative chemoradiation remains part of the standard of care for locally advanced rectal cancers. A new trial attempts to change the current paradigm by showing that radiation therapy is neither necessary nor beneficial for every patient.

WGO issues consensus statement on global IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common worldwide, but little is known about its prevalence and presenting features in non-Western countries. The World Gastroenterology Organisation says a broader perspective can lead to better understanding and management of the disease.

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Education

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.

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

Konstantinos A. Papadakis, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Minnesota

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Consults & Referrals

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Resources

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