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Gastroenterology 

Gastroenterology
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Gastroenterology
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10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0014
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date: 23 October 2019

Gastroenterology is the medical field specializing in diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the liver. Common chronic GI conditions include inflammatory bowel diseases (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease/gluten-sensitive enteropathy, peptic ulcer disease, and Barrett’s oesophagus. An overview of the management of these conditions is included. Relevant GI investigations including endoscopy, radiology, and functional studies are described. Common chronic liver disease may be caused by non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic liver disease, viral disease, and autoimmune hepatitis. Biochemical features of different liver conditions are summarized as well as the emergency management of decompensated liver disease and its complications (encephalopathy, variceal bleed, ascites). Pancreatic conditions such as acute pancreatitis and malignant tumours are also outlined. A practical approach to the GI physical examination is presented, as well as common OSCE cases.

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