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In this issue An unusual case of oesophagitis Assessment of thyroid profile in patients with fissure in ANO
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References: 1. Greenberg GR, et al. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 836-841. 2. Rezaie A, et al. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2015; 6: CD000296. 3. Entocort® CR 3mg Capsules – Summary of Product Characteristics. November 2018. Date of preparation: January 2019. PU-00237.
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I am pleased to be able to bring a range of reports, features and news in this edition of GT. We have had an increase in submitted articles enabling us to bring a range of articles. Another case report from St George’s reminding us all that occasionally reflux symptoms have slightly more to them.... An interesting report from India reminds us that, in the population studied, systemic disease still can manifest with local/bowel symptoms. Our news section highlights a number of dynamic initiatives in the world of gastroenterology. At GT we want to fully support all aspiring gastroenterologists and are also keen to support submissions. If unsure on the suitability of an article or case report then please feel free to contact the editorial office so we can give advice. We accept a wide variety of materials from personal view, mini-reviews, case reports, studies to news of important GI related events. We are pleased to announce that we will be moving back to 4 publications a year due to interest in the journal and the volume of work submitted. I think I have achieved the impossible - an editorial without reference to the NHS pension disaster or Brexit!! Andy Poullis St George’s Hospital, London
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AN UNUSUAL CASE OF OESOPHAGITIS K Punjabi, V Vakeeswarasarma, A Poullis Department of Gastroenterology, St Georgeâ€™s Hospital
Abstract We report a case of a patient with multisystem systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), requiring immunosuppressant therapy, who presented with symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux a year after starting Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF). An initial gastroscopy showed severe oesophagitis with ulceration with oesophageal biopsies showing chronic inflammation. Treatment was initiated with high dose
PCR for EBV DNA carried out on oesophageal biopsies confirmed the diagnosis of EBV oesophagitis a year after initial presentation and the patient was initiated on valcyclovir 1g three times a day for one month. On this treatment the reflux symptoms gradually resolved. At endoscopic follow up there was significant improvement to the oesophageal inflammation and biopsies returned negative for EBV DNA. At clinical follow up she remains well.
proton pump inhibitor therapy and the addition of a histamine receptor antagonist when no endoscopic improvement was identified. Repeat oesophageal biopsies suggested a possible infective element to the gastro-oesophageal reflux. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) detected EBV DNA in serology (at 160 IU/ml) and on oesophageal biopsies. A diagnosis of EBV oesophagitis was made and treated with a one month course of Valcyclovir. On initiation with this treatment the reflux symptoms rapidly resolved. Following the diagnosis, the dose of MMF was reduced. Further repeat PCR on blood and biopsy samples have returned negative. Oesophageal manifestation of EBV are rarely reported and should be considered in patients with oesophageal ulceration at endoscopy not responding to anti-reflux medications. Diagnosis is most sensitive with polymerase chain reaction testing rather than cellular pathological examination or serological markers to allow for prompt management.
Discussion Infective oesophagitis in a healthy individual is a relatively rare condition. However, the prevalence rises in certain high-risk populations, such as those with a compromised immune system. Infection could also be secondary to other causes, such as diabetes mellitus, malignancy, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) or chronic corticosteroid use (1). Causes of infective oesophagitis can be sub-divided into bacterial, viral and fungal. Risk factors can range from immunosuppressive conditions or chemotherapies, neutropenia, antimicrobial therapy and HIV infection (2,3). Infectious agents can get in contact with the oesophageal mucosa either by direct contact, through lymphatics and vascular systems, or by direct extension from adjacent mediastinal structures (2).
Case History A 43 year old woman was initially referred to gastroenterology clinic for symptoms of indigestion and burning reflux one year after initiating Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF). She was under various speciality teams for SLE with multisystem involvement, including Sjogrenâ€™s syndrome, GASTROENTEROLOGY TODAY - AUTUMN 2019
The most common cause is the fungal infection Candida albicans. Candida is a dimorphic yeast and usually invades tissue by the formation of hyphae in the distal third of the oesophagus, leaving behind superficial yellow-white plaques. This infection is likely to be found in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (3) and steroid use.
interstitial lung disease, nephrotic syndrome, and neurologic SLE.
Bacterial oesophagitis is less common than fungal and is usually found
Initially she was managed on azathioprine but changed to MMF after
in sites of oesophageal mucosal disruption, likely secondary to acid
renal biopsy confirmed SLE membranous nephritis, which was titrated
reflux (4). As mentioned, this incidence increases when a person is
to 1.5g twice a day and a background low dose prednisolone was
immunocompromised. Normal oesophageal flora consists of gram-
continued. Her initial gastroscopy showed severe oesophagitis with
positive bacteria, commonly Streptococci viridans. However, this can
ulceration and biopsies showed chronic inflammation so was started
change to gram-negative due to reflux, leading to more complications
on high dose omeprazole at 40mg twice a day, which only partially
(5). In immunocompromised patients, bacterial infection can be
improved the reflux symptoms. A repeat gastroscopy showed severe
polymicrobial, and in some cases of HIV patients, mycobacterial.
oseophagitis, so her therapy was changed to esomprazole 40mg once a day and ranitidine 150mg once a day. Biopsies at follow up
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the commonest viral causes for
suggested it was more than simple severe gastro-oesophageal reflux
infective oesophagitis, usually occurring in patients post solid organ
and suggestive of an infective aetiology.
transplant (1). These patients are often given prophylactic treatment, however despite this, there is still a proportion that develop delayed
A serological viral screen identified a reactive HSV-1 IgG, suggesting
onset CMV infection. Herpes Simplex Virus infection type 1 (HSV-
a recent HSV infection, but a negative HIV, EBV IgM and CMV. Viral
1) is typically the cause over HSV-2 for oesophageal infection. On
polymerase chain reaction (PCR) identified 160 IU/ml of EBV DNA.
endoscopy, diagnostic raised edge ulcers are seen, forming a punched
CASE REPORT out or volcano-like appearance. PCR on biopsy samples can confirm
3. Asayama N, Nagata N, Shimbo T, Nishimura S, Igari T, Akiyama J et al. Relationship between clinical factors and severity of esophageal
the diagnosis (6).
candidiasis according to Kodsi’s classification. Diseases of the In this case, EBV was the cause of the oesophagitis. EBV is thought to activate immune-mediated mechanisms which ultimately leads to tissue damage (7). During investigation, it is important not to solely rely on a standard peripheral blood exam and routine histopathology, as this may lead to an incorrect diagnosis (8). Diagnosis can be confirmed with PCR on biopsy specimens. On endoscopy, there is ulceration, which differs
Esophagus. 2013;27(3):214-219. 4. Radhi J, Schweiger F. Bacterial oesophagitis in an immunocompromised patient. Postgraduate Medical Journal. 1994;70(821):233-234. 5. Yang L, Francois F, Pei Z. Molecular Pathways: Pathogenesis and
from HSV as the ulcers seen are usually deeper, more linear and located
Clinical Implications of Microbiome Alteration in Esophagitis and
in the mid-oesophagus. The main management is with acyclovir therapy,
Barrett Esophagus. Clinical Cancer Research. 2012;18(8):2138-
which should lead to resolution of the oesophagus confirmed with a
repeat endoscopy (9). 6. Lee B. A rare cause of dysphagia: Herpes simplex esophagitis. Oesophagitis due to EBV infection should be considered in patients with recurrent symptoms and endoscopic appearance of oesophageal ulceration. Our case identifies the significance of PCR testing of biopsy samples to allow for prompt diagnosis and appropriate management.
World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2007;13(19):2756. 7. Pape M, Mandraveli K, Sidiropoulos I, Koliouskas D, Alexiou-Daniel S, Frantzidou F. Unusual Epstein-Barr esophageal infection in an immunocompetent patient: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2009;3(1):7314.
8. Annaházi A, Terhes G, Deák J, Tiszlavicz L, Rosztóczy A, Wittmann T et al. Fulminant Epstein–Barr virus esophagitis in an
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immunocompetent patient. Endoscopy. 2011;43(S 02):E348-E349. 9. Baehr P, McDonald G. Esophageal infections: Risk factors, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment. Gastroenterology. 1994;106(2):509-532.
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ASSESSMENT OF THYROID PROFILE IN PATIENTS WITH FISSURE IN ANO IN THE SOUTH INDIAN POPULATION Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Science, Chennai, India Madhumitha Prabhakaran, Bharath N, Arcot Rekha
Keywords: Hypothyroidism, Fissure in ano, Anal fissure,
1. To determine the incidence of patients with lower gastrointestinal
constipation, thyroid profile, lower gastrointestinal complaints
symptoms attending the surgical outpatient department. 2. To find the incidence of fissure in ano among patients with lower
Background: A precipitating history of constipation is found in approximately 20% of patients with anal fissures. Hard feces result in local trauma to the rectal mucosa which in turn secondarily
gastrointestinal symptoms attending the surgical outpatient department. 3. To analyze the pattern of thyroid profile in patients with fissure in ano
activates internal anal sphincter hypertonia. As the maximum resting anal pressure (MRAP) is usually greater than 90 mm Hg in patients with fissures such hypertonia will compress these end arteries and cause ischemia of the posterior commissure and eventually anal fissures. Constipation is one of the classic signs of hypothyroidism. The most probable pathological reason is the intestinal edema due to mucopolysaccharide accumulation in gastrointestinal tissue. Method: This is a prospective, observational study. We first identified the male and female patients presenting to the outpatient department with various lower abdominal complaints. Informed consent for inclusion in the study was obtained. A thyroid assay was ordered for all the anal fissure patients who were admitted for surgical procedures. Result: 38.2% of patients with lower gastrointestinal complaints and 3.6% of the total number of patients presenting to the surgical OPD were attributed to an anal fissure. The incidence of hypothyroidism in patients with an anal fissure is 32%. Since GASTROENTEROLOGY TODAY - AUTUMN 2019
the incidence of hypothyroidism in our study is higher than the prevalence of hypothyroidism in the general population as documented by multiple studies in the past, we can conclude that there is a significant association between hypothyroidism and development of anal fissures. Conclusion: By analyzing the thyroid profile in patients with anal fissures, we found an association between the two entities. This information can be used to predict and prevent anal fissures in hypothyroid patients.
Background An anal fissure is defined as split in the mucosa extending from the anal verge to the dentate line. The fissures usually present with pain and rectal bleeding. A precipitating history of constipation is found in approximately 20% of patients with fissure in ano. Hard feces result in local trauma to the rectal mucosa which in turn secondarily activates internal anal sphincter hypertonia. Subsequent sphincter spasm leads to further constipation and a vicious cycle is created. Treatment modalities such as anal dilatation and internal sphincterotomy aim to break this cycle by disrupting the internal anal sphincter.  The posterior midline of the anus is supplied by end arteries which pass through the internal anal sphincter before reaching the posterior commissure. The mean arteriolar blood pressure of the end arteries is 85 mm Hg. As a result, it is thought that the blood flow to this area is potentially deficient.  Fissure in ano patients have maximum resting anal pressure (MRAP) greater than 90 mm Hg usually. This state of hypertonia will compress the end arteries, leading to ischemia of the posterior commissure and finally anal fissures.  Some might say that hypertonia arises secondary to pain. But the inability to provide relief from the hypertonia by using painkillers disproves this theory.  Constipation is one of the many classic signs of hypothyroidism. The pathophysiological changes observed in the digestive tracts
of hypothyroid patients have not been definitely determined, but according to recent studies, a deficiency of thyroid hormone weakens the contractions of the muscles that line the digestive
To study the thyroid profile of patients presenting to the surgery
tract. The most probable pathological reason is the accumulation of
OPD with constipation and a diagnosis of fissure in ano.
mucopolysaccharides, especially hyaluronic acid in the gastrointestinal
FEATURE tissue leading to intestinal edema. This reduction in the motor activity delays the intestinal transit time of feces which allows more water absorption and eventually causes constipation.  This evidence supports the hypothesis that an important etiological factor of anal fissures is hypothyroidism causing constipation.
Methods We first identified the male and female patients presenting to the outpatient department with various lower abdominal complaints like lower gastrointestinal bleeding, painful defecation, constipation, or mass descending per rectum. These patients were then diagnosed with constipation, hemorrhoids, malignancy, fistula, abscess, or fissure in ano. The fissure in ano patients were further classified as per their age distribution.
TABLE 1: Diagnosis of male patients presenting with lower gastrointestinal complaints Constipation
Fissure in ano
Diagnosis of male patients presenting with lower gastrointestinal complaints
TABLE 2: Age distribution of male patients diagnosed with fissure in ano 18% 2
Informed consent for inclusion in the study was obtained. A thyroid assay was ordered for all the fissure in ano patients who were admitted for surgical procedures. Patients with TSH values higher than the
labeled as hypothyroid.
The prevalence of hypothyroidism is identified in the public population
reference range or T3/T4 values lower than the reference range were
Fissure in ano 2%
using previously done studies and compared with the prevalence of hypothyroidism in our patients with fissure in ano.
A total of 1497 female patients presented to the surgical OPD during the study period, of which 127 had lower gastrointestinal complaints.
CHART 2: Diagnosis of female patients presenting with lower gastrointestinal complaints
A total of 3332 patients presented to the Surgical OPD during the study period, of which 316 presented with lower gastrointestinal complaints. The incidence of lower gastrointestinal complaints in our surgical OPD
was 9.4%. Of the 316 patients with lower gastrointestinal complaints,
121 were diagnosed with fissure in ano. 38.2% of patients with lower
gastrointestinal complaints and 3.6% of the total number of patients presenting to the surgical OPD were attributed to fissure in ano.
A total of 1835 male patients presented to the surgical OPD during the
Abscess Fissure in ano
study period, of which 189 had lower gastrointestinal complaints.
Diagnosis of male patients presenting with lower gastrointestinal complaints TABLE 3: Diagnosis of female patients presenting with lower gastrointestinal complaints 18% 42% 23%
Fissure in ano
Abscess Fissure in ano 2%
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9 CHART 2: Diagnosis of female patients presenting with lower gastrointestinal complaints
FEATURE TABLE 4: Age distribution of female patients diagnosed with fissure in ano <20 years
Conclusion Lower gastrointestinal symptoms form a significant proportion of people attending the surgical outpatient department out of which one third are diagnosed with fissure in ano. The patients present with various types and degrees of symptoms and complications all of which are distressing. This positive association can be used to encourage screening of patients diagnosed with fissure in ano for thyroid derangements. Also patients diagnosed with hypothyroidism can be advised to manage their constipation to prevent anal fissures.
A total of 50 patients with fissure in ano were admitted for surgical procedures and their thyroid assay was subsequently done. 16
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patients had hypothyroidism characterized by increased free TSH values and low free T3 and free T4 according to the reference range. The incidence of hypothyroidism in patients with fissure in ano is 32%.
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A significantly higher proportion of females with 15.86% as compared to males with 5.02% were diagnosed.  In the present study, the incidence of hypothyroidism is significantly higher. In a population-based study done in Cochin on 971 adult subjects, the prevalence of hypothyroidism was 3.9%. The prevalence of subclinical hypothyroidism was high in this study as well with 9.4%. In women, the prevalence was higher(11.4%), when compared with men (6.2%).  Our study has an incidence of 32% which is higher. GASTROENTEROLOGY TODAY - AUTUMN 2019
The prevalence of hypothyroidism in India is 11%, 2% in the UK and 4·6% in the USA. Coastal cities like Mumbai, Goa, and Chennai, have a higher prevalence (11·7%) than cities located inland (9·5%).  The present study has a higher incidence of hypothyroidism. In a study done by Velayutham et al, 11% of young females in the south Indian population had elevated TSH levels.  In the present study, the incidence is 32%.
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development of fissure in ano.
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Endoscope reprocessing: we’re only human We’re only human was an American movie directed by James Flood and released in 1935. Even then, there was great interest in shifting from human work to automated assembly lines. But what does this have to do with the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes? In my opinion, it is related to today’s reprocessing problems of these complex medical devices. For decades we have known that flexible endoscopes – even when cleaned and disinfected can be a source of debris, biofilm and thus micro-organisms, leading to serious infection problems. Just take a look at the headlines about contaminated, so called ‘superbug’, endoscopes. However, manual reprocessing is still underestimated and reprocessing staff are only human.
The importance of endoscopy Since the introduction of the first flexible endoscope in 1956 by Basil Hirschowitz and Larry Curtis, the number of procedures using these devices has increased enormously. Only in the United States approximately 75 million procedures were performed in 2017 [idataresearch.com, 28 may 2018]. And it is expected that this number will increase in the next decades. A procedure with a flexible endoscope has many advantages compared to traditional procedures and they are very safe. Of course, like any other procedure, there are also potential complications like perforation, bleeding, pancreatitis (as a result of ERCP) or infection. Focusing on the last one, these infections can originate from the patients own bacterial flora, or from exogenous flora, transmitted by a previously used endoscope.
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Complex, reusable devices Flexible endoscopes are complex, reusable medical devices. During a procedure they can become highly contaminated with organic materials and bacteria. Studies have showed a high bacterial contamination inside the channels of sometimes more than 10^9 CFU per channel (one billion colony forming units) [Rutala WA, Weber DJ. Reprocessing endoscopes: United States perspective. J Hosp Infect. Apr 2004;56 Suppl 2: S27-31. Kaczmarek RG et al. Am J Med 1992;92:257-261]. Flexible endoscopes need to be thoroughly reprocessed between each patient, to guarantee a safe subsequent use. Simultaneously with the technical development, extensive use of endoscopes and identified outbreaks due to contaminated endoscopes, techniques for cleaning and disinfection were improved. One of the most important innovations in endoscopy was the introduction of high-level disinfection of endoscopes [Sivak MV. Gastrointestinal endoscopy: past and future. GUT. 2006, Aug; 55(8), 1061-1064). The role of automated endoscope-disinfectors With the introduction and increased usage of automated high-level endoscope-disinfectors, practitioners developed
an utopic belief that the problem of contaminated endoscopes would belong to the past. Now that the reprocessing process was automated, controlled, and could be retrieved and validated. Practitioners thought that manual cleaning was not necessary anymore with these endoscope-disinfectors - which also contained a cleaning and increased rinsing stage, with reduced human failures in reprocessing. However, reality was different: even with the use of these disinfectors, outbreaks due to contaminated endoscopes kept occurring. Endoscopes were still not clean enough after reprocessing [Kovaleva, 2013]. This is not a surprise. Underestimated manual cleaning With only flushing water with detergent to disinfectant through the channels, automated endoscope-disinfectors were not able to remove any debris, biofilm and thus micro-organisms. Although some endoscope-disinfectors claim a 90% reduction of debris in the first step inside cleaning [Alfa et al, 2006], the manual cleaning before automated cleaning and disinfection is still the most important step [Beilenhoff, ESGE-ESGENA 2018]. Manual brushing and flushing of the endoscope, using the right procedures and techniques, removes > 90% of all debris, biofilm and micro-organisms [Chu NS, McAlister D, Antonoplos PA. 1998. Natural bioburden levels detected on flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes after clinical use and manual cleaning. Gastrointest. Endosc. 48:137–142]. The last 10% can be removed by the automated endoscope-disinfector. However, in daily practice, the manual cleaning stage is downgraded to just a simple flush and brush, despite all reported outbreaks and the detailed IFUs for manual cleaning. The question is: why? Time pressure in reprocessing units Since the number of endoscopic procedures is increasing enormously, there is a great pressure on the availability of reprocessed endoscopes. With the high turnover of endoscopes, time has become the key factor in many endoscopy wards and reprocessing units. After use,
endoscopes should be available as fast as possible. There is a continuous pressure to reduce reprocessing times. Every minute counts. Also in the manual cleaning stage, and even in the drying stage. Ofstead et al showed that in 45% of cases key steps in reprocessing are skipped. In less than 50%, manual cleaning and drying - the two most critical steps - are performed according to instructions [Ofstead et al. Endoscope reprocessing methods. A prospective study of human factors and automation. Gastrointestinal Nursing. 2010; Vol 33. No 4, pp 304-311]. In reality, only a few minutes are invested in flushing, brushing, inspection and the leak test, without following all steps of the reprocessing manual. Also, it is known that when working under high pressure mistakes can increase. Of course, we are only human. 75% of the reprocessing staff reported on a time pressure and non-compliance with guidelines related to reprocessing as a result [Beilenhoff U et al. Reprocessing in GI Endoscopy: ESGE-ESGENA Position Statement. Endoscopy 2018; 50]. For decades we have known that time pressure sometimes leads to reported outbreaks of infection. But what has been done to reduce the risk? Okay, there were some critical reports, guidelines were improved and recently an automated, video controlled, cleaning unit (UltraZonic®) was introduced to increase effectiveness and standardization. Hereby eliminating human failures as a nice side effect. However, the required reprocessing is still a point of discussion – especially amongst managers.
to ensure compliance to reprocessing guidelines [Beilenhoff U et al. Reprocessing in GI Endoscopy: ESGE-ESGENA Position Statement. Endoscopy 2018; 50]. But it is easier said than done: it is remarkable and even perplexing that we still do not invest enough in continuous training of the people reprocessing those complex instruments on a daily basis. Not only to eliminate human failures, but to improve quality and safety in endoscope reprocessing as well. Resulting in less risks of exogenous infections due to an improperly cleaned and disinfected endoscope. Shift from quantity to quality I call upon the field, to shift from reprocessing quantity to quality. Despite all innovations, such as disposable ERCP tips (Pentax), new drying and storage systems like the PlasmaTYPHOON, or even upcoming disposable endoscopes, the human factor will always stay important. Quoting Alibabafounder Jack Ma ‘Computers have only chips. Humans have a heart. And it’s the heart in which wisdom is originated’. It is never too late to invest in human capital, especially when reprocessing complex medical devices like flexible endoscopes.
Training the human capital We need to invest in training our personnel continuously. It is well known that intensified training of endoscopists (physicians) and nurse endoscopists is a successful way to improve diagnosis and treatment, which might result in better patient outcome [UEG, June 2014]. A recent survey shows a positive effect in training reprocessing staff and regular audits
Paul J Caesar (Tjongerschans Hospital, Heerenveen, the Netherlands) Expert in infection control, sterile medical devices and reprocessing flexible endoscopes
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Fingers pointed in the wrong direction We are all pointing at the manufacturers. They have developed complex, difficult to clean endoscopes and their reprocessing manuals are hard to understand and on average more than a hundred pages long, including over 150 steps. In my opinion we are turning the world upside down. Of course, flexible endoscopes are complex devices, and design flaws can lead to problems, even of infectious origin. However, outbreaks related to flexible endoscopes are only in 8% related to the design of flexible endoscopes [Kovaleva, 2012]. It is possible to clean, disinfect and dry endoscopes adequately following the manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFUs) at all times. [Muscarella et al. World J Gastrointestinal Endosc. 2014. October 16; 6(10): 457-474 ISSN 1948-5190]. But we need to be willing to invest time, dedicated and qualified personal, and the right equipment and resources.
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PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: Feraccru 30mg hard capsules (ferric maltol) Please refer to the full Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) before prescribing. Presentation: Red hard capsules. Each capsule contains 30 mg iron (as ferric maltol). Indication: Feraccru is indicated in adults for the treatment of iron deficiency. Dosage and Administration: Adults: Feraccru should be taken orally. The whole capsule should be taken on an empty stomach (with half a glass of water). The recommended dose is one capsule twice daily, in the morning and evening. The absorption of iron is reduced when Feraccru is taken with food. Treatment duration will depend on the severity of iron deficiency but generally at least 12 weeks treatment is required. The treatment should be continued as long as necessary to replenish the body iron stores according to blood tests. Elderly: No dose adjustment is necessary. Children: The safety and efficacy of Feraccru in children (17 years and under) has not yet been established. No data are available. Patients with hepatic or renal impairment: No clinical data is available in this patient population. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients; Haemochromatosis and other iron overload syndromes; Patients receiving repeated blood transfusions. Warnings and precautions: Feraccru should not be used in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flare or in IBD patients with haemoglobin (Hb) levels <9.5g/dL. Iron preparations in excess may cause toxicity especially among children and so Feraccru must not be administered to children. Take special care when used with other dietary and/or iron salt supplementation.
Before starting treatment, iron deficiency or iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) diagnosis should be made based on blood tests; it is important to investigate the cause of the iron deficiency and to exclude underlying causes of anaemia other than iron deficiency. Feraccru contains lactose and so patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, total lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine. This product also contains Allura Red AC (E129) and Sunset Yellow FCF (E110); these may cause allergic reactions. Interactions: Food has been shown to inhibit uptake of Feraccru and so Feraccru should be taken on an empty stomach. Avoid concomitant administration of Feraccru and IV iron, dimercaprol, chloramphenicol and methyldopa. Feraccru should be given at least 2 to 3 hours apart from: penicillamine, bisphosphonates, ciprofloxacin, entacapone, levodopa, levofloxacin, levothyroxine (thyroxine), moxifloxacin, mycophenolate, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, tetracyclines, calcium and magnesium salts e.g. magnesium trisilicate. Fertility, pregnancy and lactation: There are no data from the use of Feraccru in pregnant or breast-feeding women. Ferric maltol is not available systemically and is therefore unlikely to pass into the mother’s milk. As a precautionary measure, it is preferable to avoid the use of Feraccru during pregnancy and breast-feeding. There are no data on the effect of ferric maltol on human fertility. Undesirable effects: Common side effects: Abdominal pain, flatulence, constipation, abdominal discomfort/distension, and diarrhoea. Refer to the SmPC for a full list and frequency of adverse events. Price and pack sizes: Basic NHS price:
£47.60 for 56 capsules. Legal category: Prescription Only Medicine. Marketing Authorisation Number: EU/1/15/1075/001 Marketing Authorisation Holder: Norgine B.V., Antonio Vivaldistraat 150, 1083 HP Amsterdam, Netherlands. Date of preparation: February 2019 For further information contact: Norgine Pharmaceuticals Limited, Norgine House, Moorhall Road, Harefield, Middlesex, United Kingdom UB9 6NS. Telephone: +44(0)1895 826606. E-mail: email@example.com. Company reference: UK/FER/0219/0045
United Kingdom - Adverse events should be reported. Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Adverse events should also be reported to Norgine Pharmaceuticals Ltd on: Tel. +44 (0)1895 826 606 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org FERACCRU is a registered trademark of the Shield group of companies, licensed to the Norgine group of companies. NORGINE and the sail logo are registered trademarks of the Norgine group of companies. Reference: 1. FERACCRU® Summary of Product Characteristics. January 2019. Date of preparation: September 2019. UK/FER/0719/0083.
NEWS The taboo subject of constipation: undermining patient’s quality of life and putting a preventable strain on NHS The Bowel Interest Group launches 2019 ‘Cost of Constipation’ report 26th July 2019 - Independent multidisciplinary organisation The Bowel Interest Group has released its ‘Cost of Constipation’ report revealing the impact that the taboo subject of constipation has on the UK. This latest report not only explores the significant cost of constipation to the NHS but highlights the damaging impact on
constipation in 2017/18. This cost is likely to
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• In 2017/18, 71,430 people with
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constipation were admitted to hospital in England. This is equivalent to 196 per day. • Close to three quarters of these were unplanned emergency admissions, equivalent to 144 per day. • £91 million was spent on prescription laxatives in 2017/18. • The cost of treating constipation in 2017/18 is equivalent to funding 7043 newly-qualified nurses for a year. • On average, 6.3 people visit a GP about constipation each week.
Dr Benjamin Disney, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, comments: “Many people see constipation as a simple, straightforward, easily treated condition that does not greatly affect people. However, from the Cost of Constipation report and my clinical experience, this is often not the case, with the condition being under-reported and often poorly managed, leading to a significant cost to the NHS and having a negative impact on patients’ overall health and quality of life. The Bowel Interest Group aims to tackle and raise awareness of the important issue of constipation.”
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Alpha Laboratories has partnered with many of the FIT pioneers to further expand the knowledge of the use of FIT for symptomatic patients. For example, THE NICE FIT STUDY (www.nicefitstudy.com) has now generated over 11,500 data sets, doubling the data reviewed by NICE across 10 studies. With many new publications in print, or pending publication, confirming the recommendations of NICE DG30, the application of this test is helping to optimise patient pathways in many healthcare trusts.
NEWS Northern Ireland patients first to use exercise in overcoming treatment for deadliest common cancer Northern Ireland pancreatic cancer patients will be the first in the UK to trial an innovative new exercise programme to aid their recovery from the traumatic 12hour operation needed to save their lives, after researchers from Queen’s University Belfast were awarded a grant of more than £100,000 from Pancreatic Cancer UK. The grant from Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Research Innovation Fund is the charity’s first
effects of chemotherapy. The burden of these symptoms can damage a patient’s recovery as well their long-term health and wellbeing.
if it is successful, the project has significant potential to improve the quality of life for patients who have surgery, an area of research that has previously been under-developed because of the urgent need to find new treatments and improve diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival of all common cancers, with less than seven per cent of people with the disease in Northern Ireland living for five years. Surgery is the only cure for pancreatic cancer but it can have a traumatic impact on patients. The procedure involves removing all or part of the pancreas and making major changes to the digestive system, meaning patients can experience serious side effects - including pain, fatigue and anxiety - in addition to the
and had a massive impact on my recovery. Not everyone can do it but it’s well worth doing your best. You will feel the benefit.”
Researchers will work extensively with local pancreatic cancer patients who have had surgery to design bespoke exercise programs tailored toward managing each individual’s symptoms. Exercise has previously been shown to benefit patients with other cancers such as breast and prostate, but the two-year study by Queen’s University will be the first time it has been trialled with those treated for pancreatic cancer. Patients will be supported in undertaking resistance and aerobic exercise at their own pace, alongside post-operative chemotherapy. It is hoped that a successful trial in Belfast will see the project expand to other sites in the UK benefiting more patients.
ever investment in a research project based in Northern Ireland. The charity believes that,
me made me so much stronger in every way
Dromore, County Down resident Tom Hawthorne knows all about the impact of the operation. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2017 and quickly scheduled for surgery. He credits cycling with helping him to overcome the side effects. Tom, 61, said: “I was told that it was going to be a pretty tough operation but at that stage I did not fully grasp what that actually meant. For me, the operation was totally devastating - it was really tough, physically and psychologically. “From my first day out of intensive care I was determined to give it my best shot after speaking to my surgeon. From blowing that little pipe to keep the ball up, to family helping me around the corridors and friends helping me to the park, it all helped me so much. Then eventually getting back on my bike. All this for
Dr Chris MacDonald, Head of Research at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “Research into pancreatic cancer has been grossly underfunded for decades, stifling innovation and delaying the breakthroughs we so badly need to see. The potential positive impact of this project devised by the team at Queen’s University Belfast is hugely exciting and I am delighted it is our first-ever funded research in Northern Ireland. “While it can be lifesaving, the combination of such extensive surgery followed by chemotherapy can take a heavy toll. It may sound counterintuitive, but exercise could be key to mitigating many of the symptoms that affect a patient’s quality of life. We are determined to explore innovative ideas such as this one to ensure patients can make the fullest possible recovery.” The research at Queen’s University Belfast is one of six promising new projects to receive a grant from Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Research Innovation Fund in 2019. Grants are intended to help combat the cycle of underfunding which has hampered desperately needed progress on diagnosis, treatment and survival for pancreatic cancer. By funding cutting-edge projects, Pancreatic Cancer UK helps researchers take their work to the next stage of development and closer to much-needed breakthroughs. Since its creation Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Research Innovation Fund has awarded more £2 million to research projects, which have gone on to attract more than £14 million of additional funding.
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Dr Gillian Prue, Lead Researcher from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast, said: This is a fantastic opportunity for people with pancreatic cancer in NI and we are very grateful to Pancreatic Cancer UK for their support. We hope that by undertaking a supervised exercise programme during chemotherapy patients may avoid an almost inevitable decline in function. Increasing activity levels may help patients tolerate chemotherapy treatment and reduce treatment side effects. This is the first time a study such as this has been undertaken in the UK, so we will be working very closely with our patients to ensure the programme is achievable and meets their needs.”
The only licensed treatment for the reduction in recurrence of overt hepatic encephalopathy (OHE)1
At home they are still at risk; …TARGAXAN® rifaximin-α reduces the risk of recurrence of overt hepatic encephalopathy.2
Long-term secondary prophylaxis in hepatic encephalopathy (HE)3 been reported include: Clostridial infections, urinary tract infections, candidiasis, pneumonia cellulitis, upper respiratory tract infection and rhinitis. Blood disorders (e.g. anaemia, thrombocytopenia). Anaphylactic reactions, angioedemas, hypersensitivity. Anorexia, hyperkalaemia and dehydration. Confusion, sleep disorders, balance disorders, convulsions, hypoesthesia, memory impairment and attention disorders. Hypotension, hypertension and fainting. Hot flushes. Breathing difficulty, pleural effusion, COPD. Gastrointestinal disorders and skin reactions. Liver function test abnormalities. Dysuria, pollakiuria and proteinuria. Oedema. Pyrexia. INR abnormalities. Prescribers should consult the SmPC in relation to all adverse reactions. UNITED KINGDOM Legal category: POM Cost: Basic NHS price £259.23 for 56 tablets Marketing Authorisation holder: Norgine Pharmaceuticals Limited, Norgine House, Widewater Place, Moorhall Road, Harefield, Uxbridge, UB9 6NS, UK Marketing Authorisation number: PL 20011/0020 IRELAND Legal category: Prescription only Cost: €262.41 for 56 tablets Marketing Authorisation holder: Norgine B.V. Hogehilweg 7, 1101 CA Amsterdam ZO, Netherlands Marketing Authorisation number: PA 1336/009/001 For further information contact: Norgine Pharmaceuticals Limited, Norgine House, Moorhall Road, Harefield, Middlesex UB9 6NS Telephone: 01895 826 606 E-mail: Medinfo@norgine.com Ref: UK/XIF5/0119/0477 Date of preparation: January 2019 United Kingdom Adverse events should be reported. Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Adverse events should also be reported to Medical Information at Norgine Pharmaceuticals Ltd on: Tel. +44 (0)1895 826 606 Email Medinfo@norgine.com
Ireland Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2; Tel: +353 1 6764971; Fax: +353 1 6762517. Website: www.hpra.ie; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Adverse events should also be reported to Medical Information at Norgine Pharmaceuticals Ltd on: Tel. +44 (0)1895 826 606 Email Medinfo@norgine.com References: 1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Rifaximin for preventing episodes of overt hepatic encephalopathy: appraisal guidance TA337 for rifaximin. Available from: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta337 2. TARGAXAN® 550 Summary of Product Characteristics. Available for the UK from: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc Available for Ireland from: www.medicines.ie 3. Mullen KD, et al. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2014;12(8):1390-97. Product under licence from Alfasigma S.p.A. TARGAXAN is a registered trademark of the Alfasigma group of companies, licensed to the Norgine group of companies. NORGINE and the sail logo are registered trademarks of the Norgine group of companies. UK/XIF5/0219/0487 Date of preparation: February 2019.
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UK&IE Prescribing Information: Targaxan 550mg (rifaximin-α) REFER TO FULL SUMMARY OF PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS (SmPC) BEFORE PRESCRIBING Presentation: Film-coated tablet containing rifaximin 550 mg. Uses: Targaxan is indicated for the reduction in recurrence of episodes of overt hepatic encephalopathy in patients ≥ 18 years of age. Dosage and administration: Adults 18 years of age and over: 550 mg twice daily, with a glass of water, with or without food for up to 6 months. Treatment beyond 6 months should be based on risk benefit balance including those associated with the progression of the patients hepatic dysfunction. No dosage changes are necessary in the elderly or those with hepatic insufficiency. Use with caution in patients with renal impairment. Contraindications: Contraindicated in hypersensitivity to rifaximin, rifamycin-derivatives or to any of the excipients and in cases of intestinal obstruction. Warnings and precautions for use: The potential association of rifaximin treatment with Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea and pseudomembranous colitis cannot be ruled out. The administration of rifaximin with other rifamycins is not recommended. Rifaximin may cause a reddish discolouration of the urine. Use with caution in patients with severe (Child-Pugh C) hepatic impairment and in patients with MELD (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) score > 25. In hepatic impaired patients, rifaximin may decrease the exposure of concomitantly administered CYP3A4 substrates (e.g. warfarin, antiepileptics, antiarrhythmics, oral contraceptives). Both decreases and increases in international normalized ratio (in some cases with bleeding events) have been reported in patients maintained on warfarin and prescribed rifaximin. If co-administration is necessary, the international normalized ratio should be carefully monitored with the addition or withdrawal of treatment with rifaximin. Adjustments in the dose of oral anticoagulants may be necessary to maintain the desired level of anticoagulation. Ciclosporin may increase the rifaximin Cmax Pregnancy and lactation: Rifaximin is not recommended during pregnancy. The benefits of rifaximin treatment should be assessed against the need to continue breastfeeding. Side effects: Common effects reported in clinical trials are dizziness, headache, depression, dyspnoea, upper abdominal pain, abdominal distension, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, ascites, rashes, pruritus, muscle spasms, arthralgia and peripheral oedema. Other effects that have
NEWS Rising stars of Gastroenterology & Hepatology honoured at the 2019 Dr Falk Pharma/Guts UK Awards An investigation into why and how normal colon cells mutate into cancer, how best to reduce the harm caused by blood borne liver viruses in prisons and the potential benefits of faecal microbial transplantation (FMT) in the
Professor Chris Hawkey, President of Guts UK
apply research findings in the clinical setting to
Charity, who co-presented the ceremony says:
improve patient care’
‘These awards have supported numerous
Advanced Dietitian in Paediatric
medical students, junior doctors, nurses
Gastroenterology, Ms Isobel Connolly won
and dietitians at crucial early stages in their
the Dietitian Award for her work establishing
careers. These are the most talented health
a dietetic-led clinic for paediatric patients
professionals and leaders of tomorrow and
with Coeliac Disease. Her Manager, Principle
support at this early stage helps to signal their
Paediatric Dietician Nicole Dos Santos explained:
potential to them and their peers and foster self-belief as the bright stars of tomorrow. The
‘This service has improved patient care
awards continue to be highly competitive and
significantly by increasing patient access
help to attract the brightest and the best to the
to follow up and decreasing the number of
field of UK gastroenterology.
appointments patients require, improving patient attendance and streamlining dietetic
treatment of chronic liver disease. These are
‘Guts UK is delighted to continue its collaboration
just a few of the highly significant research and
with Dr Falk Pharma UK, and the Trustees of
clinical projects explored by the ten worthy
Guts UK greatly value Dr Falk’s clear vision and
Dr Riadh Jazrawi, Medical Director of Dr Falk
winners of the 2019 Dr Falk Pharma UK/Guts
ongoing support of this valuable initiative.’
Pharma UK and co-presenter of the Awards commented:
UK Charity Awards. The winners, who included medical students, junior doctors, nurses and
Ms Jaclyn Tan was awarded the Medical Student
dietitians were presented with their awards
Prize for her project focussing on the diagnosis
‘This year, as always, we take huge pleasure
during a dinner on Tuesday June 18th at the
and management of patients with spontaneous
in being able to reward and support the talent,
bacterial peritonitis (SBP), a frequent and severe
work ethic and passion displayed by these
complication with a high mortality rate in patients
young medical students and doctors.
British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Annual Meeting in Glasgow. Now in their 13th year, the Dr Falk Pharma UK/ Guts UK Charity Awards have become widely recognised within the gastroenterology and hepatology community for the support and endorsement they offer junior doctors starting
with cirrhosis and ascites. ‘We sincerely hope that, in doing so, we can ‘It is a great honour to be awarded the Dr
support and encourage them into become
Falk/Guts UK Medical Student Prize,’ said Ms
the next generation of hepatologists and
Tan, who will return to take up her 4th year of
medicine at the University College Medical School in September.
out on their careers. Through nurse and
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review with blood monitoring.’
‘We are also delighted to honour the commitment displayed by our nurse and
dietitian prizes, the awards also acknowledge
‘This has fuelled my drive to undertake
dietitian award winners, who often in their own
and reward the innovation and dedication that
further work within the discipline, as I strive
time, instigate innovative projects that lead to
these HCPs bring to their patients.
to contribute to the scientific community and
great benefits for patients.’
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ARE YOU DOING YOUR BEST FOR PBC PATIENTS? Inadequate or intolerant response to UDCA is defined as ALP >1.67 x ULN (>200 IU/L) and/or bilirubin 2 x ULN1
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Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
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15. Leeds Teaching Hosp NHS Trust 16. Manchester University NHS FT 17. Nottingham Univ Hosp NHS Trust 18. Oxford Univ Hosps NHS FT
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28. Univ Hosps Birmingham NHS FT 29. Univ Hosps Leicester NHS Trust 30. Univ Hosps Plymouth NHS Trust 31. University Hosp Bristol NHS FT 32. York Teaching Hospital NHS FT 33. Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport
Find out more information in the BSG guidelines at www.bsg.org.uk/clinical/bsg-guidelines.html Abbreviated Prescribing Information OCALIVA® (obeticholic acid) (Please refer to the Full Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) before prescribing)
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Presentation: OCALIVA supplied as film-coated tablets containing 5 mg and 10 mg obeticholic acid. Indication: For the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis (also known as primary biliary cirrhosis) in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with an inadequate response to UDCA or as monotherapy in adults unable to tolerate UDCA. Dosage and administration: Oral administration. Hepatic status must be known before initiating treatment. In patients with normal or mildly impaired (Child Pugh Class A) hepatic function, the starting dose is 5 mg once daily. Based on an assessment of tolerability after 6 months, the dose should be increased to 10 mg once daily if adequate reduction of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and/or total bilirubin have not been achieved. No dose adjustment of concomitant UDCA is required in patients receiving obeticholic acid. For cases of severe pruritus, dose management includes reduction, temporal interruption or discontinuation for persistent intolerable pruritus; use of bile acid binding agents or antihistamines (see SmPC). Moderate to Severe Hepatic Impairment: In patients with Child-Pugh B or C hepatic impairment, a reduced starting dose of 5mg once weekly is required. After 3 months, depending on response and tolerability, the starting dose may be titrated to 5 mg twice weekly and subsequently to 10 mg twice weekly (at least 3 days between doses) if adequate reductions in ALP and/or total bilirubin have not been achieved. No dose adjustment required in Child Pugh Class A function. Mild or moderate renal impairment: No dose adjustments are required.
Paediatric population: No data. Elderly: No dose adjustment required; limited data exists. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to the active substance or any excipients. Complete biliary obstruction. Special warnings and precautions for use: After initiation, patients should be monitored for progression of PBC with frequent clinical and laboratory assessment of those at increased risk of hepatic decompensation. Dose frequency should be reduced in patients who progress from Child Pugh A to Child Pugh B or C Class disease. Serious liver injury and death have been reported in patients with moderate/severe impairment who did not receive appropriate dose reduction. Liver-related adverse events have been observed within the first month of treatment and have included elevations in alanine amino transferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and hepatic decompensation. Interactions: Following co-administration of warfarin and obeticholic acid, International Normalised Ratio (INR) should be monitored and the dose of warfarin adjusted, if needed, to maintain the target INR range. Therapeutic monitoring of CYP1A2 substrates with narrow therapeutic index (e.g. theophylline and tizanidine) is recommended. Obeticholic acid should be taken at least 4-6 hours before or after taking a bile acid binding resin, or at as great an interval as possible. Fertility, pregnancy and lactation: Avoid use in pregnancy. Either discontinue breastfeeding or discontinue/abstain from obeticholic acid therapy taking into account the benefit of breast-feeding for the child and the benefit of therapy for the woman. No clinical data on
ALP, alkaline phosphatase; PBC, primary biliary cholangitis; UDCA, ursodeoxycholic acid; ULN, upper limit of normal.
EASL guidelines. J Hepatol. 2017;67:145–172. UK-PP-PB-0464 September 2019
fertility effects. Undesirable effects: Very common (≥1/10) adverse reactions were pruritus, fatigue, and abdominal pain and discomfort. The most common adverse reaction leading to discontinuation was pruritus. The majority of pruritus occurred within the first month of treatment and tended to resolve over time with continued dosing. Other commonly (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10) reported adverse reactions are, thyroid function abnormality, dizziness, palpitations, oropharyngeal pain, constipation, eczema, rash, arthralgia, peripheral oedema, and pyrexia. Please refer to the SmPC for a full list of undesirable effects. Overdose: Liver-related adverse reactions were reported with higher than recommended doses of obeticholic acid. Patients should be carefully observed, and supportive care administered, as appropriate. Legal category: POM Marketing authorisation numbers: EU/1/16/1139/001 & 002 Marketing authorisation holder: Intercept Pharma International Ltd, 31–36 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7, Ireland Package Quantities and Basic NHS cost: OCALIVA 5 mg and 10 mg £2,384.04 per bottle of 30 tablets. Date of revision: 10th June 2019
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(Convolutional Neural Network) published by Google on numerical analysis software MATLAB. Next, the researchers used the ResNet, which is a 152-layer convolutional neural network, to conduct intramucosal endoscopic resection among patients treated for early gastric cancer at Okayama University Hospital.
Okayama University have developed an early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis system using artificial intelligence (AI). The details were presented at the Congress of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES), May 31 – June 2, 2019, Tokyo. According to data released in 2017 by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, gastric cancer ranks third in cancer deaths in Japan: second in men and fourth in women. Treatment of early-stage gastric cancer includes endoscopic surgery (ESD), which can save the stomach, and surgical procedures that require gastrectomy.
Using endoscopic images of 100 cancers (M group) and 50 submucosal invasion cancers (SM-ESD group) and 50 submucosal invasion cancers (SM-OPE group) who had undergone surgery from the beginning, the researchers built the AI system and verified its diagnostic accuracy. The diagnostic accuracy of intramucosal cancer by artificial intelligence diagnostic system was sensitivity 82.7%, specificity 63.0%, positive predictive value 69.1%, negative predictive rate 78.4% in image unit, and sensitivity 82.0% in case unit. The specificity was 71.0%, the positive predictive value was 73.9%, and the negative predictive value was 79.8%.
In addition, the correct diagnosis rate for deep-seated diagnosis of early gastric cancer as a combination of intramucosal cancer and submucosal invasion cancer was 72.8% in image units and 76.5% in case units. Implications of the research At present, gastroenterological endoscope medical diagnosis and treatment is based on experienced practicing physicians examining images. As a result, the diagnostic ability of individual doctors varies, and with increases in the number of medical services in the future, there is concern about the possibility of oversight of cancer and increases in misdiagnosis. If automatic diagnosis of digestive tract endoscope images by AI is realized, then ‘automated diagnosis logic’ will be added to endoscope technology for real time diagnosis. Automatic diagnosis will be possible and it will greatly improve the current status of relying on the diagnostic ability of individual endoscopy physicians.
However, although advances in endoscopic treatment technology has led to the early detection of gastric cancer, decisions on whether to use endoscopy treatment or surgery mainly depend on how deep the cancer has invaded the stomach wall. Furthermore, these decisions are made by careful examination of endoscopic images by experienced physicians. At present, there are many cases where endoscopic treatment is performed first where surgery would have been more appropriate and vice versa.
Kawahara of the Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Okayama University, and colleagues have developed artificial intelligence (AI)-based endoscope for early detection of gastric cancer. These research results were presented at the 97th Congress of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES), May 31 – June 2, 2019, Tokyo. First the prototype of the system to obtain the depth of early gastric cancer was constructed with GoogLeNet to match purpose (metastatic learning) by using
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With this background, Professor Yoshiro
the image recognition ability of CNN
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headed by the neuropharmacologist and
of the project was to clarify how certain
neurogastroenterologist Peter Holzer from
bacteria in the gut alert the immune system
Graz was able to identify a number of concrete
and thus trigger a feeling of illness. “The
factors that can trigger psychological changes
immune system learns early on to tolerate
in mice in a recently completed basic-research
the microorganisms in the gut. That starts
A research group from Graz is investigating
project funded by the Austrian Science Fund
in infancy,” explains Holzer. “When some
the complex interaction between the
substances produced by bacteria penetrate the intestinal wall, this certainly creates an
intestine and the brain. In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the team
Intestine affects the brain
immune reaction and, associated with it, a
has gained new insights into how intestinal
“The connection between the intestinal nervous
sense of being ill.” Specifically, he investigated
bacteria, the immune system and obesity
system and the brain has been known for a
the so-called “endotoxin lipopolysaccharide”
can lead to mental illnesses.
long time, but the situation has become more
(LPS), which is released by certain intestinal
complex if you consider the most recently
bacteria and stimulates the immune system,
It has been known for quite some time that
published studies,” says principal investigator
giving us a sense of being ill.
the proverbial “gut feeling” has a real medical
Peter Holzer. “In addition to the direct neural
basis. The intestine has its own nervous
pathways between intestine and brain, which
“If you suffer an infection with bacteria you will
system, also known as the “abdominal brain”
we have known about for a long time, there are
feel tired, have muscle pain, lose your appetite
owing to its size and complexity, and it is
many intestinal hormones that carry messages
and become withdrawn. This is a sensible
closely connected to the brain. Processes in
to the brain, as well as a huge immune system
reaction of the body, helping it to cope quickly
that releases messenger substances when
with the infection,” says the researcher.
stimulated. In recent years, the gut microbiota
“There is evidence, however, that this reaction
has become an additional factor. This consists
could be triggered in humans by intestinal
of a huge number of monocellular organisms
bacteria, even when there is no infection at
that also release substances and are believed
all.” Holzer’s team were able to show that other
to play an important role in the body’s
substances produced by bacteria, so-called
the intestine cause changes in the brain and, conversely, psychological factors influence the intestine. How far this interaction goes and how exactly it works, however, has not yet been fully understood. There are indications that the
intestine may be involved in the development system.” According to Holzer, 26/01/2019 Page 1 ofGastroToday_Jan_2019_v4 psychiatric diseases. A research group 09:39 information many people are
“peptidoglycans”, enhance the effect of LPS. “We believe that lipopolysaccharide is only
familiar with a
one of several factors contributing to the
development of mental illness.”
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and gut. “But we
High-fat diet as a risk factor for depression
are not usually
Holzer sees this physical reaction of “feeling
aware of such
ill” in the larger context of intestinal influences
an amount of
on the human psyche, and in particular as a
possible trigger for psychiatric diseases. “We
reaching the brain
know from psychiatry and nutritional science
from the gut. This
that being overweight increases the risk of
information is fed
depression and depressive mood disorders.
into brain areas
Moreover, it has also been known for about 15
that are important
years that there is a great difference between
for our mood and
the gut microbiota of healthy and severely
overweight people,” Holzer notes. One result of the project provides concrete information
on how processes in the intestine can trigger
bacteria in the intestine
The team subjected mice to a high-fat diet
and analysed their behaviour. In addition to
his team have
the chemical changes in the brain that are
spent five years
associated with depression, they also detected
concomitant behavioural changes. According
to Holzer, it is difficult but not impossible to
detect this in mice. “Depressive people lose
their joy in certain things. This anhedonic, or
listless, behaviour was something we were
use to influence
able to identify in the mice that were given a
high-fat diet.” Their method was to offer the
mice regular water and sugar water as an
NEWS alternative. Whereas healthy mice prefer sugar
immune and brain activity markers, in: Brain,
report on biologic therapies, and we hope
water, the mice in Holzer’s experimental setup
Behaviour and Immunity 44, 2015
that it gives a sense of how clinical and data
went for it much less often. In the next step, their gut microbiota was severely depleted
management in IBD has been changing for
Inflammatory Bowel Disease - first Annual Report on the Use of Biologics in IBD, published by the IBD Registry
the better, both more widely and over many
signalling pathway to explain how depressive
The IBD Registry, one of the largest clinical
“The report also makes references to a larger
behaviour can be triggered by a high-fat diet.
registries in Europe for Inflammatory Bowel
clinical dataset captured by the Registry which
The hormone “leptin”, which is released by
Diseases, has launched its first Annual
aims to provide a picture of the care received
fat cells, seems to play a role here. Mice that
Report on the Use of Biologic Therapies in England & Wales.
by people with IBD over time. We hope the
are unable to produce this hormone gain the
by the administration of antibiotics to find out whether intestinal microbes contributed to depressive behaviour after a high-fat diet. The results are due to be published soon. Fat hormone as a trigger
years. For example, vital information used by clinicians to treat patients is increasingly captured for the Registry’s database at the point of care rather than retrospectively, with the associated benefits of greater accuracy of information on a patient’s disease experience.
Holzer’s team has also identified a possible
results and commentary prove of interest to
same amount of weight as other mice when they eat high-fat foods, but tend not to show
The Registry, a not-for-profit company, is
the behaviour associated with depression.
responsible for running the National Audit
“The role of leptin has not yet been clearly
of Biological Therapies in IBD, targeted at a
settled in the literature. We were able to show
group of diseases which affect around half a
at least that leptin is important in this context.”
million people in the UK.
linked to short-chain fatty acids produced by
The purpose of the report is to consolidate in
microorganisms in the intestine from fibre-rich
one place annual changes and trends across
food. The microbiota of the intestine therefore
a basket of key performance indicators used
also seems to play an important role in the
in the Biological Therapies Audit in IBD and is
context of depression induced by obesity.
based on a dataset from 73 participating IBD
IBD, as well as to the 500,000 people living with these diseases. “Finally, the IBD Registry would like to thank all those who have contributed to making this
Holzer suspects that the release of leptin is
treatment centres in
clinicians and others involved in managing
report a reality, above all our partner IBD clinical teams around the country who provided the information on which the report is based.” The report will be available on the IBD Registry website as a PDF at www.ibdregistry.org.uk
Peter Holzer is Professor of Experimental Neurogastroenterology at the Medical
The report includes
University of Graz and Head of the Research
the cumulative results
Unit for Translational Neurogastroenterology.
up to January 2019
For three decades his research has
from April 2016 when
focussed on the communication between the
the Registry assumed
gastrointestinal tract and the brain.
the role of supporting the National Audit
Hassan AM, Mancano G, Kashofer K, Fröhlich
Therapies from the
EE, Matak A, Mayerhofer R, Reichmann F,
Royal College of
Olivares M, Neyrinck AM, Delzenne NM, Claus
like behaviour in mice associated with changes
It is expected the
in microbiome, neuropeptide Y, and brain
metabolome, in: Nutritional Neuroscience 2018
will be primarily
Fröhlich EE, Farzi A, Mayerhofer R, Reichmann
of interest to IBD
F, Jacan A, Wagner B, Zinser E, Bordag N,
clinicians but also
Magnes C, Fröhlich E, Kashofer K, Gorkiewicz
possibly to some
G, Holzer P.: Cognitive impairment by
antibiotic-induced gut dysbiosis: analysis of
gut microbiota-brain communication, in: Brain,
and others involved in
Behaviour and Immunity 56, 2016
Farzi A, Reichmann F, Meinitzer A, Mayerhofer R, Jain P, Hassan AM, Fröhlich EE, Wagner
Dr Stuart Bloom,
K, Painsipp E, Rinner B, Holzer P.: Synergistic
effects of NOD1 or NOD2 and TLR4 activation
Director, said, “This
on mouse sickness behavior in relation to
is our first annual
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UK AND IE PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: Plenvu powder for oral solution (Macrogol 3350 + Sodium ascorbate + Ascorbic acid + Sodium sulfate anhydrous + Potassium chloride + Sodium chloride) Please refer to the full Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) before prescribing.
In debilitated fragile patients, patients with poor health, those with clinically significant renal impairment, arrhythmia and those at risk of electrolyte imbalance, the physician should consider performing a baseline and post-treatment electrolyte, renal function test and ECG as appropriate. Any suspected dehydration should be corrected for before use of Plenvu.
Presentation: Plenvu powder for oral solution is administered in two doses. Dose one is made up of 1 sachet containing: macrogol 3350 100g, sodium sulfate anhydrous 9g, sodium chloride 2g, potassium chloride 1g. Dose 2 is made up of 2 sachets (A and B). Sachet A contains: macrogol 3350 40g, sodium chloride 3.2g, potassium chloride 1.2g. Sachet B contains: sodium ascorbate 48.11g, ascorbic acid 7.54g.
There have been rare reports of serious arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation associated with the use of ionic osmotic laxatives for bowel preparation, predominantly in patients with underlying cardiac risk factors and electrolyte disturbance.
Indication: For bowel cleansing in adults, prior to any procedure requiring a clean bowel.
If patients experience severe bloating, abdominal distension, or abdominal pain, administration should be slowed or temporarily discontinued until the symptoms subside.
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Dosage and administration: For oral use. Adults and elderly: A course of treatment consists of two separate non-identical 500ml doses of Plenvu. At least 500ml of additional clear fluid must be taken with each dose. Treatment can be taken according to a two-day or one-day dosing schedule. Two-day dosing schedule: First dose taken the evening before the procedure. Second dose in the early morning of the day of the procedure. Morning only dosing schedule: Both doses taken the morning of the procedure. The two doses should be separated by a minimum of 1 hour. Day before dosing schedule: Both doses taken the evening before the procedure. The two doses should be separated by a minimum of 1 hour. No solid food should be taken from the start of the course of treatment until after the clinical procedure. Consumption of all fluids should be stopped at least 2 hours prior to a procedure under general anaesthesia or 1 hour prior to a procedure without general anaesthesia. Children: Not recommended for use in children below 18 years of age. Patients with renal or hepatic impairment: No special dosage adjustment is deemed necessary in patients with mild to moderate renal or hepatic impairment. Patients should be advised to allow adequate time after bowel movements have subsided to travel to the clinical unit. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to the active substances or to any of the excipients, gastrointestinal obstruction or perforation, ileus, disorders of gastric emptying (gastroparesis, gastric retention), phenylketonuria, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, toxic megacolon. Warnings and precautions: The fluid content of reconstituted Plenvu does not replace regular fluid intake. Adequate fluid intake must be maintained. As with other macrogol containing products, allergic reactions including rash, urticaria, pruritus, angioedema and anaphylaxis are a possibility. Caution should be used with administration to frail or debilitated patients, in patients with impaired gag reflex, with the possibility of regurgitation or aspiration, or with diminished levels of consciousness, severe renal impairment, cardiac failure (grade III or IV of NYHA), those at risk of arrhythmia, dehydration or severe acute inflammatory bowel disease.
If patients develop any symptoms indicating arrhythmia or shifts of fluid/electrolytes during or after treatment, plasma electrolytes should be measured, ECG monitored and any abnormality treated appropriately.
The sodium content, 458.5mmol (10.5g), should be taken into consideration for patients on a controlled sodium diet. The potassium content, 29.4mmol (1.1g), should be taken into consideration by patients with reduced kidney function or those on a controlled potassium diet. Interactions: Medicinal products taken orally within one hour of starting colonic lavage with Plenvu may be flushed from the gastrointestinal tract unabsorbed. The therapeutic effect of drugs with a narrow therapeutic index or short half-life may be particularly affected. Fertility, pregnancy and lactation: There are no data on the effects of Plenvu on fertility in humans. There were no effects on fertility in studies in male and female rats. It is preferable to avoid the use of Plenvu during pregnancy. It is unknown whether Plenvu active ingredients/metabolites are excreted in human milk. A risk to the newborns/infants cannot be excluded. A decision must be made whether to discontinue breast-feeding or to abstain from Plenvu therapy taking into account the benefit of breast-feeding for the child and the benefit of therapy for the woman. Effects on ability to drive and use machines: Plenvu has no influence on the ability to drive and use machines. Undesirable effects: Diarrhoea is an expected outcome. Common: vomiting, nausea, dehydration. Uncommon: abdominal distension, anorectal discomfort, abdominal pain, drug hypersensitivity, headache, migraine, somnolence, thirst, fatigue, asthenia, chills, pains, aches, palpitation, sinus tachycardia, transient increase in blood pressure, hot flush, transient increase in liver enzymes, hypernatraemia, hypercalcaemia, hypophosphataemia, hypokalaemia, decreased bicarbonate, anion gap increased/ decreased, hyperosmolar state.
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New Finnish study: dietary cholesterol or egg consumption do not increase the risk of stroke A new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that a moderately high intake of dietary cholesterol or consumption of up to one egg per day is not associated with an elevated risk of stroke. Furthermore, no association was found in carriers of the APOE4 phenotype, which affects cholesterol metabolism and is remarkably common among the Finnish population. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Findings from earlier studies addressing the association of dietary cholesterol or egg intake with the risk of stroke have been contradictory. Some studies have found an association between high dietary cholesterol intake and an increased risk of stroke, while others have associated the consumption of eggs, which are high in cholesterol, with a reduced risk of stroke. For most people, dietary cholesterol plays a very small role in affecting their serum cholesterol levels. However, in carriers of the apolipoprotein E phenotype 4 – which significantly impacts cholesterol metabolism – the effect of dietary cholesterol on serum cholesterol levels is greater. In Finland, the prevalence of APOE4, which is a hereditary variant, is exceptionally high, with approximately one third of the population presenting as carriers. Yet, research data on the association between a high intake of dietary cholesterol and the risk of stroke in this population group has not been available until now. The dietary habits of 1,950 men aged between 42 and 60 years with no baseline diagnosis of a cardiovascular disease were assessed at the onset the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study, KIHD, in 1984–1989 at the University of Eastern Finland. APOE phenotype data were available for 1,015 of the men participating in the study. Of those, 32% were known carriers of APOE4. During a follow-up of 21 years, 217 men were diagnosed with stroke. The study found that neither dietary cholesterol nor egg consumption was associated with the risk of stroke – not even in carriers of APOE4. The findings suggest that moderate cholesterol intake or daily egg consumption are not associated with the risk of stroke, even in persons who are genetically predisposed to a greater effect of dietary cholesterol on serum cholesterol levels. In the highest control group, the study participants had an average daily dietary cholesterol intake of 520 mg and they consumed an average of one egg per day, which means that the findings cannot be generalised beyond these levels. One egg contains approximately 200 mg of cholesterol. In this study, about a fourth of the total dietary cholesterol consumed came from eggs. Furthermore, the generalisability of this study is also weakened by the fact that the study population did not have a pre-existing cardiovascular disease at baseline and the size of the
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study population was relatively small. Therefore, the findings of the study should be verified in a larger cohort as well as in people with a pre-existing cardiovascular disease, who are currently advised to
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Contraindications: Known or suspected hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients, gastrointestinal obstruction or perforation, disorders of gastric emptying, ileus, phenylketonuria, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, toxic megacolon which complicates very severe inflammatory conditions of the intestinal tract including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Do not use in unconscious patients. Warnings and precautions: Diarrhoea is an expected effect. Administer with caution to fragile patients in poor health or patients with serious clinical impairment such as impaired gag reflex, or with a tendency to aspiration or regurgitation, impaired consciousness, severe renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance <30 mL/min), cardiac impairment (NYHA grade III or IV), those at risk of arrhythmia (e.g. those on treatment for cardiovascular disease or who have thyroid disease), dehydration, severe acute inflammatory bowel disease. 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limit their intake of cholesterol and eggs.
NEWS coeliac disease may have ongoing symptoms
Rare Disease Collaborative Network for non-responsive and refractory coeliac disease By Dr Heidi Urwin Coeliac UK Research Manager. Do you have patients diagnosed with coeliac disease who have ongoing symptoms despite a gluten free diet? Specialist teams led by Prof David Sanders in Sheffield and Dr Jeremy Woodward in Cambridge, have been approved by the NHS for a Rare Disease Collaborative Network (RDCN) to provide support with the diagnosis and care of those difficult cases of non responsive (NRCD) or refractory coeliac disease (RCD). The RDCN will provide facilities for a national registry for patients with refractory coeliac
and or laboratory abnormalities, despite six to 12 months treatment with a gluten free diet. When NRCD is suspected the original diagnosis of coeliac disease needs to be confirmed, followed by repeat gastroscopy with duodenal biopsies. Adherence to a gluten free diet varies from 42 to 91% and the most common cause of ongoing symptoms will be due to gluten exposure (inadvertent or purposeful). Other causes of ongoing symptoms may be due to “super sensitivity”, slow response to treatment, or other pathologies eg microscopic colitis, pancreatic insufficiency, Giardiasis, hyperthyroidism. Patients may broadly fit into one of four groups depending on the absence or presence of persisting symptoms and villous atrophy:
disease, a reference diagnostic pathway and
Normal duodenal Persisting villous histology atrophy
will share experience to improve understanding and management of this condition. For the majority of people diagnosed with
coeliac disease, lifelong adherence to a strict gluten free diet results in clinical and histological remission. However, up to 30% of people with
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• Group 1, consider other causes of ongoing symptoms such as functional disorders, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), fructose or lactose intolerance. • Group 2, having excluded ongoing exposure to gluten, super sensitivity or a slow response to treatment, consider RCD. • Group 3, discharge to primary care and offer annual review in line with NICE NG20. • Group 4, discuss and explain ongoing inflammation and the potential risk of long term complications, consider further dietetic support. Refractory coeliac disease is rare and reported to affect between 0.3 to 4.0% of patients with coeliac disease. It’s also likely to be over diagnosed due to the difficulties in differentiating between ongoing gluten exposure, “super sensitivity”, slow responders and true RCD. There are two types of RCD, type 1 and type 2, which differ in presentation, diagnosis and mortality. Detailed analysis of cell populations in the duodenal mucosa using immunohistochemistry and flow cytometric analysis is required on fresh biopsy samples, services which are offered via the specialist centres in Cambridge and Sheffield.
NEWS Patients with RCD type 2 have an aberrant population of intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs) that lack the usual expression of CD3 and CD8 on the cell surface but do express intracellular CD3. The phenotype of this IEL subset is present in the healthy population, uncomplicated coeliac disease and RCD type 1, but at lower frequencies to that found in RCD type 2. Therefore, clonality testing alone is not an adequate indicator of RCD type 2, which requires quantification of the aberrant IEL subset within the small intestine.
What is the NHS England’s Rare Diseases Collaborative Network (or RDCN) for (Non-Responsive and) Refractory Coeliac Disease?
Admissions for girls aged just 10 years old
a five year survival of around 50%, largely
have increased by 146%, from 13 in 2013/14
accounted for by progression to enteropathy
to 32 last year and for 12 year old girls,
associated T-cell lymphoma (EATL) in 33%
by 93% (from 60 to 116 in the same time
– 67% of cases. In contrast, while RCD type
1 can progress to EATL, this is rare and the corresponding five year survival is > 90%.
The report states that although bulimia is
Transformation to EATL carries a very poor
more common among children and young
prognosis with the majority dying within 8
people, it is anorexia which accounts for the
months of diagnosis and a five year survival of
larger proportion of hospital admissions,
only around 10%.
fueling concern from leading addiction treatment experts at UKAT.
Clinicians who suspect they have any cases of refractory coeliac disease can visit the
“Eating disorders in young people and
Coeliac UK website for further information
children in particular is extremely concerning
www.coeliac.org.uk/RCD and contact david.
because they’re more likely to develop
email@example.com or Jeremy.woodward@
extensive physical and psychiatric problems
in the long term as a result of their eating disorder” suggests UKAT’s Group Treatment
Lead, Nuno Albuquerque, who has vast
Baggus EMR, Hadjivassiliou M, Cross S et
experience of treating eating disorders.
al. How to manage adult coeliac disease: perspective from the NHS England Rare
He continues; “Unlike most other addictions
Diseases Collaborative Network for Non-
and disorders, the treatment cannot centre
Responsive and Refractory Coeliac Disease.
around abstinence, because we need to
Frontline Gastroenterology 2019; 0: 1-8. doi
eat to live. Instead treatment is focused on
finding a balance in the relationship between the person and food. For most, overcoming
Record breaking number of children hospitalised for eating disorders
eating disorders developed at such a young
Highest number of girls age 13-17
UKAT has also revealed that last year, they
admitted for anorexia as experts warn
admitted more people for eating disorders
parents of social media and celebrity
than ever before, and that this year, they’re
taking on average around 5 enquiries a day
age is an ongoing process, and for some, will be something they live with- under controlled behaviours learned from treatment- forever.”
from concerned parents; double what they Public Health England has released its
were receiving last year. They run a specialist
report showing the trends in numbers of
eating disorder treatment facility called
hospital admissions as a result of eating
Banbury Lodge (www.banburylodge.com) in
disorders in young people across England,
revealing that there were more admissions in 2017/18 than in any of the preceding
Public Health England’s report also raises
concern about hospital admissions in young boys, showing that back in 2013/14, only 1
There were 2,196 hospital admissions
10 year old boy was admitted to hospital but
for eating disorder of children and young
in 2017/18, there were 9 and for 14 year old
people aged 10 to 24 years in 2017/18.
boys, 14 were admitted in 2013/14 which has
2,006 - an overwhelming 91%- of these
risen by 178% to 39 in 2017/18.
were of girls, and 1,326 of these were of girls aged 13 to 17 years.
Nuno concludes; “We believe that social media and celebrity idolisation has a lot to
The report breaks the number of hospital
do with the rise in eating disorders stemming
admissions down by specific age and
from body image issues, but there’s also
gender, and shows that across all ages,
a much deeper societal issue with children
more girls are admitted to hospital than
experiencing the deficit of attachment from
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Sheffield and Cambridge have been approved as NHS England’s Rare Diseases Collaborative Network (or RDCN) for (Non-Responsive and) Refractory Coeliac Disease. NHS England has also recognised Sheffield as the lead centre and Cambridge as the member centre for this NHS E collaborative disease network. Clinicians who have cases of suspected refractory coeliac disease can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeremy. email@example.com. These two centres will provide clinical support at the level that the referring clinician would wish. This can be by reviewing notes, histological review, telephone consultation (with patient or clinician) or by seeing the patient and assessing small bowel biopsy for monoclonal lymphocyte population, as well as endoscopic intervention (capsule endoscopy or enteroscopy). This ensures a comprehensive assessment which then leads to discussions about therapeutic options. Therapeutic intervention can again be provided by the RDCN or the referring site. The most important issue is to ensure that patients have a standardised care and that the RDCN can support colleagues in a collaborative manner. The RDCN will also create a National Register to provide prospective data on such patients, analogous to Small Bowel Transplantation. This may allow consideration for novel treatments such as Interleukin-15 or stem cell transplantation
The prognosis of RCD type 2 is poor with
COLITIS ON CT – DOES THIS MEAN
Ramakrishnan S, Veglio-Taylor E, Ta Department of Gastroenterology, Barnet Hospital, Royal Fre
BACKGROUND: Cross sectional imaging is commonly used to assess the abdomen for a variety of symptoms. Colitis reported on CT has become a frequent indication for lower gastrointestinal endoscopy. The outcomes of performing colonoscopy for radiology reported colitis is not clearly known. METHODS: Retrospective single centre study of patients referred for colonoscopy with the indication ‘abnormal imaging.’ Data collected from all endoscopies between 12 month period at Barnet General Hospital (September 2017 to August 2018). Exclusion criteria: 1) Modality other than CT/CTVC 2) Overt colonic polyp/mass on CT Analysis performed using chi-square and student T-test.
Median time from CT to endoscop 56.5).
53 (21.3%) patients of the 249 wh had completely normal lower GI en uncomplicated diverticulosis, 11 (8.0%) haemorrhoids and 37 (14.9%
20 patients (8.0%) had endoscop (6%) histological evidence of coliti 10 patients (4%) had confirmed I (4 Ulcerative colitis, 6 Crohn’s dise
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NUMBER OF PATIENTS
Fig.1 – Radiological evidence of colitis
RESULTS: 249 patients (183 CT (73.5%), 66 C colonoscopy for CT evidence o (87.6%)), fat stranding (88 (35. (41.8%)) or local lymph nodes (37 (
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE?
ariq Z, King J, Patel RN, Besherdas K. ee London NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom.
CTVC (26.5%)) underwent a of mural thickening (218 .3%)), inflammation (104 (14.9%)).
py was 33 days (IQR 12.5 –
ho underwent investigation ndoscopy. 111 (44.6%) had 1 (4.4%) diverticulitis, 20 %) colorectal polyps.
pic evidence of colitis; 14 is. IBD at 6 months follow up ease).
No de s
Lo ca lL
Mural thickening (%) 48 (90.1)
Fat stranding (%) 14 (26.4)
Inflammation (%) 16 (30.2)
Lymph nodes (%) 4 (5.7)
Age, mean 63.6 Time to endoscopy (days), mean 45.3
Haemoglobin (g/L), mean 128.0 CRP (mg/L), mean 29.8
CONCLUSIONS: • Colitis reported on CT correlates with endoscopic colitis in only 8% of patients. • Less than 5% of patients with colitis on CT are diagnosed with IBD at 6 months. • Correlation between colitis and endoscopic findings improves in younger patients and with shorter interval between CT and endoscopy. • One in five patients had completely normal endoscopy. 90% had a benign diagnosis. • Fat stranding was an independent risk factor for endoscopic colitis. • Anaemia and raised CRP helps identify those at higher risk of malignancy. • Raised CRP shows a trend toward identifying true colitis.
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cation for Colonoscopy
Fig.3 - Comparison of endoscopic diagnosis according to CT features and blood results
The findings of ’Colitis’ on CT does not imply IBD in the majority.
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