GI Conference Update

Jan Gambino Health Guide


    I spent the last few days at the NASPGHAN Conference learning the latest information about Gastroesophageal Reflux and related conditions. I should explain that NASPGHAN stands for the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. However, it is easier for me to say, “NASPGHAN”.


    This year, there were over 1000 pediatric gastroenterologists, nurses and researchers attending. I spoke with physicians from as far away as Uruguay and Indonesia. Several of the doctors and nurses indicated that there is a great need for more pediatric gastroenterologists. I talked to one medical professional who told me that their western US clinic gets referrals from multiple states and even Alaska. Note to self: stop complaining right now about the long wait to see the gastroenterologist at the choice of the satellite location or big city office! At least I don't have to fly in from out of state!

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    I often refer parents to the NASPGHAN website for information such as the Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Clinical Practice Guidelines. The guidelines offer cutting edge treatment recommendations for pediatricians and pediatric gastroenterologists on all aspects of diagnosis and treatment of reflux in infants to teens. While the document was written for physicians, some parents want to read this in-depth article.  The website also has a Family Resources section with a tool for locating a pediatric gastroenterologist and a variety of publications on digestive diseases and related topics.


    Now back to the conference. I must tell you that the conference was held in sunny New Orleans, home to every variety of hot, spicy, deep fried, caloric food you could imagine. From spicy Gumbo to Creole or deep fried Beignets it was all on the “Do Not Eat List” for reflux. I left my refluxers at home so I was able to indulge a bit and suffer indigestion and regurgitation just like them.


    I have so much information to share with you in the coming weeks about new research and trends.


    Next time: New Products.

Published On: October 29, 2010