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Significant increase in early-onset colorectal cancers in the UK and Ireland, meeting hears

Irish Society of Gastroenterology Winter Meeting, in conjunction with the Irish Association of Coloproctology, 12-13 November 2020 Doctors are seeing colorectal cancer in a ‘surprisingly’ young patient cohort, the President of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology (ISG) told the society’s Winter Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the Irish Association of Coloproctology and took…

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Online resources highlighted in treatment of DGBIs

Irish Society of Gastroenterology Winter Meeting, in conjunction with the Irish Association of Coloproctology, 12-13 November 2020 Online resources may be useful in managing disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBI), an oral presentation at the recent Irish Society of Gastroenterology (ISG) Winter Meeting outlined. The presentation, ‘Virtual Care in the Management of Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction’…

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Importance of patient communication highlighted to achieve deep remission in Crohn’s disease

Irish Society of Gastroenterology Winter Meeting, in conjunction with the Irish Association of Coloproctology, 12-13 November 2020 The joint Irish Society of Gastroenterology (ISG) and Irish Association of Coloproctology (IACP) Winter Meeting discussed the issue of deep remission in Crohn’s disease. Communication with patients was a cornerstone in achieving deep remission, the meeting heard. The…

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Pandemic compounds the issue of long endoscopy waiting times

Irish Society of Gastroenterology Winter Meeting, in conjunction with the Irish Association of Coloproctology, 12-13 November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has compounded the issue of long endoscopy waiting times, a poster at the Irish Society of Gastroenterology (ISG) Winter Meeting stated. A poster by Kerr et al from the department of gastroenterology, Mater Misericordiae University…

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Increased risk of pregnancy-related complications in IBD

Irish Society of Gastroenterology Winter Meeting, in conjunction with the Irish Association of Coloproctology, 12-13 November 2020 A number of eposters were presented at the virtual meeting of the ISG Winter Meeting from researchers around the country. One of these, ‘Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Pregnancy – Clinical Care Guidelines’, was by Foley et al from…

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‘Particularly high prevalence’ of coeliac disease in the West of Ireland – GUH study

Irish Society of Gastroenterology Winter Meeting, in conjunction with the Irish Association of Coloproctology, 12-13 November 2020 Coeliac disease (CD) is one of the most common autoimmune diseases worldwide with a particularly high prevalence in the West of Ireland, a team of researchers at Galway University Hospital (GUH) have said. In a poster from the…

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GI bleeding outcomes improve with structured services and referral pathways

Organising gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding services better locally and having established networks and pathways to refer on the sickest patients to expert centres should help maximise outcomes in GI bleeding patients in Ireland, the ISG’s 2019 Winter Meeting’s dedicated expert session on lower, mid-gut and upper GI bleeding was told Dr Jonathan Hoare, Consultant Gastroenterologist, St…

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Lack of awareness about autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is on the rise but remains under-diagnosed and under-recognised, the 2019 ISG Winter Meeting heard Irish-born AIH expert Prof Dermot Gleeson, Professor of Hepatology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, UK, gave a tour de force update on AIH, a corticosteroid-responsive liver disease arising consequent to immunogenetic and environmental risk factors, which can be…

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Chemoprevention in Barrett’s oesophagus

High-dose proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and aspirin chemoprevention therapy, especially in combination, significantly and safely improved outcomes in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus, according to the findings of a major trial in the area, the results of which were relayed to the ISG Winter Meeting by one of the study’s key authors. Oesophageal adenocarcinoma is the…

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