South African Gastroenterology Review - Volume 7, Issue 1, 2009
Volume 7, Issue 1, 2009
Source: South African Gastroenterology Review 7 (2009)More Less
We have been privileged to have Herbie Schneider as one of the editors of the SA Gastro Review for so many years. His unflagging support of SAGES and gastroenterology in this country has been phenomenal and we are very grateful to him for all his input and guidance. We say goodbye to him as an editor, and welcome Christo van Rensburg to the team of editors.
How should we work up a patient with chronic diarrhea and are probiotics therapeutically useful? : review articleAuthor Willem J.S. De VilliersSource: South African Gastroenterology Review 7, pp 7 –9 (2009)More Less
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Barrett's oesophagus (BE) is characterized by the replacement of normal stratified squamous epithelium of the distal oesophagus by columnar epithelium with specialized intestinal metaplasia (IM). Intestinal metaplasia in turn is characterized by the presence of goblet cells on histology. It is generally accepted that BE is the only known premalignant condition that precedes the development of oesphageal adenocarcinoma (OAC).There is a strong association with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and obesity.
Author David EpsteinSource: South African Gastroenterology Review 7, pp 14 –15 (2009)More Less
We recommend that official organisations ensure that adequate information on gastroenterological issues are available on their websites and that information is derived from current evidence based guidelines. Furthermore we feel a monitoring committee review online gastroenterology content on popular South African health websites, and that websites posting advice that contradicts current guidelines be informed that their content is contrary to accepted gastroenterology practice.
Source: South African Gastroenterology Review 7, pp 18 –28 (2009)More Less
In summary, the outcome of HBV infection largely depends on the host-virus interaction, mediated by the adaptive immune response. The virus-specific T cell response is one of the key factors in the pathogenesis of HBV infection. Viral variants may influence the course and outcome of the disease. The effect of host factors in the progression of disease is underappreciated. Only very rarely (when there is profound immune suppression) does the hepatitis B virus become directly cytopathic.
Source: South African Gastroenterology Review 7, pp 32 –33 (2009)More Less
The UEGW started off with a post-graduate training program: an integrated 2-day program consisting of courses in endoscopy, hepatology and general gastroenterology. There was also a first class abdominal ultrasonography course,which I attended these two days. This course was aimed at promoting the use of this important diagnostic and interventional tool by gastroenterologists - 'Clinical Ultrasonography in the hands of the Gastroenterologist'.
Author Trevlyn BurgerSource: South African Gastroenterology Review 7 (2009)More Less
After six weeks of working at the VUMC, it was time to commence the 2 week Gastroenterology Conference organized by the Holland Digestive Week. We started the conference with a week in Zwolle, a historical town in the north of Holland. There were 5 South Africans on the course, all sponsored by SAGES, as well as doctors from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Iran, Romania and Ukraine.
Author Chris ArcherSource: South African Gastroenterology Review 7, pp 35 –36 (2009)More Less
A constructive and amicable meeting between representatives of both organisations took place on Friday 27th February to discuss the reasons for the formation of the SAPPF and to propose a way forward. All delegates wanted to protect the gains in professional unity achieved by SAMA over the past ten years, but the SAPPF delegation insisted that the legality of the SAPPF as a duly constituted and registered Section 21 Company had to be acknowledged and respected.