Original articles report and assess current issues of concern in gastroenterology

Using Endoscopic Therapy To Treat Pancreatic Pseudocysts
In this 4 1/2-minute streaming video clip, Douglas Howell, MD describes the procedure and his rationale as he examines a pregnant woman.
Differentiating Pain Originating from the Anterior Abdominal Wall from Visceral Pain
Norton Greenberger, MD describes a simple test that can make all the difference in determining the etiology of chronic abdominal pain.
The Management of Ascites
The appearance of ascites in a patient with underlying liver disease is a grave prognostic sign. Michael Sorrell, MD reviews the diagnosis and treatment of ascites, with special emphasis on ascites that resists diuretic therapy.
How and When to Treat Infectious Diarrheas with Antibiotics
In certain bowel infections, antibiotic therapy has little or no effect on duration of illness. This article by J. Thomas Lamont, MD reviews the indications for antibacterial therapy in bacterial diarrheas and provides practical guidelines for management.
PEGylated Interferons: Novel therapy for HCV
PEGylated interferons will probably become the preferred interferons for therapy of HCV. Nezam H. Afdhal, MD reviews the treatments for hepatitis C, especially new PEGylated interferons.
Cryoglobulinemia and Other Extrahepatic Manifestations of Chronic Hepatitis C Including Diabetes and Lymphoma
Chronic hepatitis C infection may be accompanied by a variety of extrahepatic manifestations. Review the possibilities with one of our liver experts, Sanjiv Chopra, MD.
The Evaluation of a Positive Family History for Colorectal Cancer
C. Richard Boland, MD provides a review of the significance of family history in screening and surveillance techniques for colorectal cancer.
Ambulatory pH Monitoring to Evaluate Effectiveness of GERD Therapy
Ambulatory pH monitoring is now being used to evaluate the effectiveness of antireflux therapy. Find out more from Donald O. Castell, MD and discover why the monitoring may be especially helpful in managing patients with Barrett's esophagus.
Therapy for Helicobacter pylori Infection in the New Millennium
David Graham, MD asks: Which infection has the highest lifetime risk for a serious outcome: latent syphilis, tuberculosis or H. pylori? This is a gastroenterology site, so you know the answer. But do you know all of the current treatment options?
Update on Endoscopic Stents for GI Cancer: Biliary, Pancreatic and Enteric
A review by Douglas A. Howell, MD of endoscopic stents for gastrointestinal cancer, with a video stream of a biliary stent placement. Usage, efficacy and stent types are discussed.
Liver Transplantation: Who and When
As the field of liver transplantation matures, Michael Sorrell, MD asks: who is now a candidate for liver transplantation? What are today's indications and contraindications?
The Use of Infliximab for Crohn's Disease, Part I
Do you have a patient with Crohn's disease? Check out Gary R. Lichtenstein's review of the role of TNF- in Crohn's disease and infliximab, a relatively new treatment for the condition. Part I of a two-part series.
Pre-Operative Imaging Workup for Liver Transplant Donors
Hepatic surgeons are now using single lobes of the liver, particularly right lobes, from healthy donors for liver transplantation. Jonathan B. Kruskal discusses advances in CT technology that provide essential information for pre-op evaluation for right lobe liver transplantation. Also, come see the CT images.
Treatment of Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection
Your patient has recurrent C. difficile diarrhea colitis following initially successful treatment. How should you proceed? J. Thomas Lamont, MD has an answer.