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Why Colonoscopy is Recommended over Virtual (CT) Colonoscopy as Preferred Prevention Test

John Swartzberg, MD discusses the reasons why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, American College of Gastroenterology and American Cancer Society do not recommend virtual colonoscopy–and why colonoscopy is the recommended colorectal cancer prevention test.

 

 

 

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Gastroenterology Societies Discuss Patient Safety in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Patient safety is a primary concern for gastrointestinal endoscopists. You may have recently heard or read about the spread of infection by Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) through a procedure called ERCP. ERCP stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. It is an advanced highly technical endoscopic procedure.

The vast majority of people will never have an ERCP. For patients who do need it, ERCP is a critical and potentially life-saving procedure.

ACG Note:

Patients are reminded that the therapeutic benefit of ERCP usually outweighs the potential low risk of infection and that they should talk to their doctors about any concerns. ACG has been working with – and will continue to work with – the leadership of all other GI societies, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), manufacturers and other groups to evaluate and address this complex issue.

Read the Joint GI Society statement

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Updated Quality Indicators for GI Endoscopic Procedures

Updated Quality Indicators for GI Endoscopic Procedures published online today. The ASGE/ACG Task Force on Quality in Endoscopy has updated quality indicators common to all gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures and for the four major endoscopic procedures: colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD, also known as upper endoscopy), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS). These documents are published online in GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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ACG 2014 Key Abstracts, Expert Insights Featured in New Blog

Visit the American College of Gastroenterology’s new blog for all the latest highlights from the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting including featured abstracts with author commentary, expert insights. virtual press briefings and more.

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Colonoscopy’s strengths highlighted in response to op-ed on CT colonography

Virginia gastroenterologists Dr. David Balaban and Dr. David Johnson authored an op-ed to counter a recent Huffington Post blog post about CT colonography. They review the evidence in their piece, “Five Reasons Why Colonoscopy is Better than CT Colonography.” The Huffington Post/Post50 (9/12)

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Cutting the wrong test at the wrong time

ACG, AGA, and ASGE Presidents wrote an article in KevinMD about the meaningful and measurable progress made against colorectal cancer incidence and the danger in reduced reimbursement. KevinMD.com (8/8/14)

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Updated guidance to help IBS sufferers

For the 5 to 15 percent of Americans who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, managing chronic symptoms — constipation, diarrhea, gas, and abdominal pain — can be an exercise in frustration. Contradictory advice from doctors, nutritionists, and well-meaning friends, on which foods to avoid or which supplements or medications to take, can drive IBS sufferers crazy. Boston Globe (8/7/14)

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New Review Suggests Psyllium, Probiotics, Antidepressants May Be Best for IBS

Guidelines from the American College of Gastroenterology will have IBS patients and their doctors questioning what they thought they knew about keeping gut symptoms under control. Healthline (8/8/14)

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ACG Partners with AGA, ASGE on “Value of Colonoscopy”

ACG has joined with AGA and ASGE on an important initiative, The Value of Colonoscopy: Saving Lives Through Expert Care, to further highlight the value of colonoscopy and the gastroenterologists who perform this life-saving procedure. Visit valueofcolonoscopy.org to learn more.

Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says

Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study. These fluctuations could lead to monitoring systems that might help detect and ease flare-ups for people with certain chronic illnesses, such as inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), the researchers said. HealthDay (7/25/14)

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