February 2005 Vol Issue

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Lymphoma Risk in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Role of Azathioprine/6-Mercaptopurine and Infliximab

Current data from population-based studies strongly suggest that inflammatory bowel disease is not a predisposing factor for the development of lymphoma. However, the authors stress that continued vigilance is recommended during therapy as the duration of follow-up is limited.

Psyllium versus Guar Gum: Facts and Comparisons

T.S. Dharmarajan

Diagnosis of GERD: Ambulatory pH Monitoring

Doctors Hila and Castell write that with the wide use of empiric trials of GERD medical therapy, 24-hour esophageal pH monitoring has its main indication in assessing patients with poor response to GERD therapy and those in whom an anti-reflux surgical procedure is contemplated.

Gastroesophageal Reflux in the Elderly

In his article, Dr. Chait states that even though tests for evaluation and treatment of GERD in the elderly are the same as those for the general population, a more aggressive approach is warranted because of a higher incidence of complications.

Management of PN-Induced Cholestasis

Khursheed N. Jeejeebhoy