The Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW) 2017, to be held in Hong Kong on 23–26 September, will examine key issues in and the future of digestive disease management in the Asia-Pacific region. Professor Justin Wu of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Congress President of APDW 2017 and President of the Hong Kong Society of Gastroenterology, talks to MIMS Doctor about challenges the region is facing and shares highlights of the upcoming congress.
Dr. Michael Kwan-Lung Ko, Dr. Siu-Yin Wong, 20170710000000
Case 1: A 79-year-old male patient presented initially with acute coronary syndrome and newly diagnosed myeloproliferative neoplasm with high white blood cell and platelet counts. He was stabilized and subsequently discharged with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) (aspirin plus clopidogrel) and hydroxyurea.
Case 2: A 62-year-old female patient with a history of decompensated cryptogenic cirrhosis presented with acute variceal haemorrhage with haematemesis. Emergency OGD revealed three columns of grade 3 oesophageal varices with fibrin clot noted on one of them.
Case 3: A 51-year-old female patient with a history of systemic lupus erythematosus and hyperlipidaemia was referred to our hepatology clinic for evaluation of deranged liver function.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is associated with conditions such as gastritis, peptic ulcer, gastric cancer, and certain types of lymphoma. A common presenting complaint among all these H. pylori-related illnesses is dyspepsia. Dr Desmond Wai from the Desmond Wai Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore, speaks on the important role general practitioners (GPs) play in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating H. pylori.
Dr. Loey Lung-Yi Mak, Dr. Michael Ka-Shing Cheung, Prof. Man-Fung Yuen, 20170119000000
A 61-year-old man was referred to our centre due to deranged liver function tests (LFT) in 2010. He had enjoyed good past health and had been asymptomatic all along. He worked as a banker and drank small amounts of alcohol on occasions. Upon admission, he was found to be obese with body mass index (BMI) of 36.2 kg/m2. His blood pressure was 173/86 mm Hg. Physical examination was otherwise unremarkable.
A 73-year-old man presented with 1 week’s history of progressive epigastric pain. The pain was dull in nature and the patient reported no vomiting or radiation of pain. On presentation, the patient was found to have a low-grade fever (temperature, 37.8°C). There was no tea-coloured urine. The patient had enjoyed good past health except for a previous surgery for spinal injury.
Long-term use of corticosteroid in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appears to predispose patients to significant adverse events such as venous thromboembolism (VTE), fragility fractures, and infections, according to a recent retrospective study.
Bisphosphonates have proven antifracture efficacy and remain to be the cornerstone of osteoporosis treatment. However, a drug holiday is of particular importance with bisphosphonates due to some signals with long-term use of the drug, including rare incidence of atypical femoral fracture (AFF) and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), says a leading endocrinologist at AFOS 2017.
Drinking coffee, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and ischaemic heart disease (IHD) mortality in patients with a prior myocardial infarction (MI), according to a recent study.
Breast cancer patients have notably different microbiomes in the local breast tissue and urinary tract, a recent study reveals. Particularly, species in the Methylobacterium genus are reduced in the local breast tissue while the urinary tract is enriched in gram-positive bacteria.
Statin use, particularly in smokers, obese patients and nondiabetics, has a strong and dose-dependent association with decreasing risk of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), according to a new study.