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American College of Gastroenterology Conference

At this year's Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, advances in the treatment of a range of GI disorders—ranging from esophageal disorders to ulcerative colitis—was the focus. ConsultantLive has captured the highlights of the meeting from a primary care perspective and offers “take home” summaries from key presentations.


Diet diaries and food frequency questionnaires are both effective tools to capture important patterns between food items and symptoms of IBD.

Epidemiologic trends for diverticulitis and diverticular bleeding show the prevalence of the former is increasing over time while that of the latter is on the decline.

A 30% to 40% prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among Crohn disease patients highlights the importance of testing these patients for vitamin D levels.

Data from pivotal international phase III clinical trials showed superior efficacy, safety, and convenience for a new wave of direct-acting oral agents. The breakthrough will benefit physicians in all practice settings, including primary care.

A presentation on October 14, 2013, at the American College of Gastroenterology Scientific Session by Joseph A. Murray, MD, FACG  (Mayo Clinic)Murray JA. Implications of gluten intolerance and celiac disease in IBS.  

Constipation is often treated as a simple functional disorder that responds well to improvements in diet, hydration, and exercise. That's not what happened to this young patient . . .

What accounts for the 129% increase in admissions for constipation over the past decade—and what can be done to avoid these expensive and often unnecessary admissions? Primary care clinicians take note.


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