- Cost Utility Analysis of Topical Steroids Compared With Dietary Elimination for Treatment of Eosinophilic Esophagitis – CGH
- Incidence and Prevalence of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis in Olmsted County, Minnesota From 1970 Through 2010 – CGH
- Fecal Immunochemical Test Detects Sessile Serrated Adenomas and Polyps With a Low Level of Sensitivity – CGH
- Comparison of Two Intensive Bowel Cleansing Regimens in Patients With Previous Poor Bowel Preparation: A Randomized Controlled Study. – GIE
- Acute Fatty Liver Disease of Pregnancy: Updates in Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Management – ACG
- Disentangling the Association between Statins, Cholesterol, and Colorectal Cancer: A Nested Case-Control Study – PLOS Medicine
- Association of Gastric Acid Suppression With Recurrent Clostridium difficile InfectionA Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – JAMA Internal Med
- Amanita phalloides Mushroom Poisonings — Northern California, December 2016 – MMWR June 2017
- Wild Mushrooms: An Exclusive Delicacy or Last Meal – ACG
- Treatment of NASH: What Helps Beyond Weight Loss? – ACG
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and Celiac disease: A systematic review with pooled-data analysis – Neurogastro & Motility
This Article in December issue of Gastroenterology summarizes the findings from the Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium (7 tertiary care centers). Out of 262 patients- only 28% had a reduction in symptoms that was significant.
They also tabulated factors that are associated with reduction in symptoms – male sex, older age, infectious prodrome, antidepressant use, and 4-hr retention greater than 20%.
This is bad news for those with gastroparesis. Most importantly there was no difference in those with and without diabetes.
Most notably there is no post-treatment gastric emptying, which would be interesting to see who actually improved, and who just “felt” better, and whether there is a correlation between these.
I don’t know about you, but during my fellowship thus far, I’ve only done one or two cases where the patient was positioned on the right side. Both were ICU/CCU cases, and both times we’ve reached the cecum without an issue. Positioning in those cases was difficult secondary to all the cardiac/ICU hardware the patient was hooked up to.
This study, which is amazing to see, since it actually examines a commonly held practice, something arose more from tradition/long held beliefs, rather than evidence. There aren’t that many studies that actually go and do that.
The authors have found that right-sided positioning at the start of the colonoscopy results in a better, quicker, more comfortable procedure. N was about 80 for both arms, and about 75 cases were analyzed in post. Primary outcome was time to reach cecum.
Conclusion – 3 min and 33 seconds (30%) shorter if starter on the right side. Benefit stems largely from improved negotiation of the sigmoid.
Of note, there is a figure in the text, Figure 5, which shows how terrible fellows like me are at doing endoscopy in terms of time to cecal intubation. Also, shows that the dramatic reduction in time to cecum happens not after 500 colonoscopies, but after 5000 colonoscopies!
We need more of these kinds of studies. The types that test “tried and true” practices, simple design, simple conclusions.