February 2014 Vol XXXVIII Issue 2

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Practical Approach, Series #87

Diagnosis and Management of Microscopic Colitis: A Review of the Literature

Marina Kim, Archana Patel, Hwa Jeong Lee, Jesse A. Green

The vague presentation of microscopic colitis is similar to celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Its diagnosis can be complicated further with concurrent celiac disease or IBD. Treatment is usually aimed at shortening the duration of symptoms. In this paper we will discuss current methods of diagnosis, confounding issues, and treatment.



Frontiers in Endoscopy, Series #9

Direct Percutaneous Endoscopic Jejunostomy: Who, When, How, and What to Avoid

Christopher John Murphy, John C. Fang

While direct percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy (DPEJ) is not yet widely practiced, advantages include longer durability compared to percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy with jejunal extension (PEGJ) and less invasiveness than surgical methods with similar rates of complications. DPEJ placement does not require special equipment and is similar in technique to widely practiced percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and thus should be more widely available. This article will review the current state of DPEJ, specifically addressing when and in whom it should be considered, the technical approaches to placement, and complications to avoid.



Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #126

Yogurt: Nutritious Food or Sugary Treat?

Angie Hasemann

Yogurt consumption in the United States has expanded rapidly and manufacturers have capitalized on consumersí desire to eat healthier foods that taste good and are convenient. The nutrition quality of some yogurts has improved, while the quality of others has declined. Some carry names that imply a health value to the consumer, yet actually resemble desserts. Navigating the assortment of yogurt products is becoming more challenging and the line between nutritious food and sugary treat has been blurred.



A Case Report

The Use of Epsilon Aminocaproic Acid in a Case of Massive Hemorrhage from Cytomegalovirus Colitis in a Patient with Multiple Myeloma Treated with Bortezomib

Steven D. Deas, Marc D. Hopkins, Louis M. Varner



Departments Section


Book Reviews

The Johns Hopkins Manual for GI Endoscopic Nurses, 3rd Edition

This book provides an excellent overview of the intricate components of an endoscopy suite: role of the endoscopy nurse, infection control practices, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures, considerations for specific patient populations, preparation and post- procedural patient instruction information.



Meetings Calendar

3rd Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology Symposium February 13-15, 2014
May 3-6, 2014 Digestive Disease Week Exhibit Dates: May 4-6
May 17-21, 2014 ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting