Editors: Ioan Sporea, Alina Popescu

What is New in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Printed Copy: US $91
ISBN: 978-1-68108-788-7 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-787-0 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2021
DOI: 10.2174/97816810878701210101Note: The complete book containing all chapters will be published soon.

Introduction

Gastroenterology and hepatology represent dynamic fields of study and practice in internal medicine, with numerous innovations manifesting over the last 30 years. What is New in Gastroenterology and Hepatology is a reference which presents updates on the latest advances in the aforementioned subspecialties. The book offers a broad range of topics in a structured, clear and comprehensive fashion. Thirty-three chapters provide knowledge on basic medical research and practical applications in the clinic with information contributed by several members of the Romanian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (a medical society with a history of more than 60 years). The contents feature updates on common and rare disorders of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, intestines), pancreas and the liver, as well as new imaging techniques such as video capsule endoscopy and contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS). Special topics of recent interest such as the value of gut microbiota in medical interventions and the use of ‘omics’ technologies for precision medicine, and telemedicine are also included. What is New in Gastroenterology and Hepatology is an informative reference for all medical researchers and healthcare professionals (gastroenterologists, hepatologists, internal medicine physicians, surgeons, oncologists) who wish to keep themselves up to speed on new advances in these medical subspecialties.

Foreword

In this book, professors Ioan Sporea and Alina Popescu from the Medical University of Timişoara have put together important contributions to highlight the enormous progress that has been made in gastroenterology and hepatology in recent years. With an outstanding faculty, the state-of-the-art in diagnosis, management, and treatment of digestive diseases is illustrated. In 33 chapters relating to the most interesting and pressing issues in the field, the reader is informed about current optimal practice and standards of care in gastroenterology and hepatology. The spectrum of subjects goes from pulmonary manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux disease and management of Barrett‘s oesophagus to neuroendocrine tumours and hepatocellular carcinoma. Screening for the most common tumour in the digestive tract, colon cancer, and postpolypectomy care to prevent interval cancer are as important as is the management of liver disease caused by viral hepatitis. The very modern times in our field are represented by the use of telemedicine in hepatology and artificial intelligence to improve diagnostic accuracy in endoscopy. Many high-quality endoscopic pictures and sonographic images highlight the remarkable technical progress with these techniques. When I was a fellow in gastroenterology many years ago, the only thing we had at patient conferences was radiographs after administering barium sulphate: barium swallow, upper GI-series, as we called it, small bowel follow-through, and barium enema. Look also at the capsule endoscopy in this book, and you will see that we have come a long way! Congratulations to the editors and authors for demonstrating this progress so impressively!

Guenter J. Krejs
Medical University of Graz
Austria

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