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.
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A strong belief in the necessity of medication is associated with better adherence to oral disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or prednisone, while higher self-efficacy correlates with poor adherence, in a diverse cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggests a study.
First-line therapy with the BTK* inhibitor ibrutinib plus the anti-CD20 immunotherapy rituximab confers significant survival advantage over the current gold-standard regimen of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab (FCR) for young, fit patients with treatment-naïve chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), according to the E1912 trial, a large cooperative group study supported by the US National Cancer Institute.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) displays comparable rates of mortality and serious composite outcomes but a higher rate of target-vessel revascularization at 10 years relative to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in patients with significant left main coronary artery (LMCA) disease, reports a study. On the other hand, CABG delivers lower mortality and serious composite outcome rates compared with PCI with drug-eluting stents after 5 years.