June 2018 Vol XLII Issue 6

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Routine Health Maintenance and Disease Prevention in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Sean Fine, Adam S. Cheifetz

Disease prevention and health maintenance is crucial, however patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) do not receive the same rate of preventative interventions as the general population. This article highlights recommendations regarding health maintenance issues in patients with IBD including vaccinations, screening for colorectal, skin and cervical cancers, screening for osteoporosis and guidance on smoking cessation.


The Microbiome, Viscerosensory Signaling and Autism

Daniel Frochtzwajg, Sabine Hazan

Throughout this series we have pointed to evidence of an increasingly complex understanding of the relationship between the gut, its commensal bacterial composition, and its link to various pathological states within different organ systems. Here we will briefly discuss the emerging research that demonstrates the connection between gut microbes and the nervous and immune systems as well as how disproportional bacterial concentrations may be implicated in Autism and other neuropsychiatric ailments.


Blenderized Feeding Options- The Sky's the Limit

Lisa Epp

The use of blenderized tube feeding (BTF) continues to increase in popularity, among people of all ages, in the United States and across the globe. It will likely continue to increase in popularity as more studies are published. Clinicians have a responsibility to include assessment of BTF use in all home enteral nutrition (HEN) patients in order to provide guidance for appropriate recipe development and monitoring. This article is intended as a guide to empower clinicians to aid patients in the use of BTF.


Gastrointestinal Bleeding Due to a Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder: A Complication of Renal Transplant

Marianna Mavilia, Leon Averbukh, Michael Einstein

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From the Pediatric Literature

The Possible Association of Hirschsprung Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children

Hirschsprung disease (HD) is caused by lack of migration of neural crest cells in the colon leading to impaired colonic motility with symptoms that include constipation, HD-associated enterocolitis, and potential life-threatening toxic megacolon. Intestinal inflammation is present in HD-associated enterocolitis, and prior case series have suggested that some patients with HD can have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as well. However, this association is unclear, and the authors of this study attempted to describe the risk of IBD occurrence in pediatric patients with HD.

Meetings Calendar

July 13, 2018, 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET The American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Webinar
July 21, 2018 Mastering Clinical Challenges and Emerging Therapies in IBD
October 5-10, 2018 American College of Gastroenterology 2018