Special Issue "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: It Is More than Just Heartburn"
A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Pathology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017)
Prof. Marco G. Patti
Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing, University of North Carolina, 4030 Burnett Womack Building, 101 Manning Drive, CB 7081, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7081, USA
Interests: evaluation and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease; hiatal hernia; achalasia; Barrett’s esophagus; esophageal cancer
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is usually identified with one of the many symptoms it causes—heartburn. Unfortunately, this simplistic view is embraced, not only by patients, but also by many family practitioners, internists, pulmonologist, and even gastroenterologists.
The goal of this symposium is to elucidate the clinical presentation of this disease, the proper diagnostic evaluation, and the treatment options, with stress on the benefits and risks of both pharmacological and surgical therapy. In addition, we will stress the link between gastroesophageal reflux disease and two lethal diseases, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and esophageal cancer. Knowing the cause and effect relationship with GERD and the natural history of these two diseases, physicians will have the opportunity of intervening at an early stage.
The topics outlined (listed as follows) of contents will be discussed by gastroenterologists, pulmonologists and surgeons. All the invited participants are national and international experts with a strong track record of scholarship and contributions to their respective field. We also encourage experts in the field to contribute their latest research, perspective, or reviews on this fascinating and rapidly progressing topic.
In particular, we welcome topics covering (topics include but are not limited to):
- Pathophysiology of gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Clinical presentation of gastroesophageal reflux disease: esophageal and extra-esophageal symptoms
- Evaluation of GERD: (a) Symptomatic evaluation; (b) Barium swallow; (c) Upper endoscopy; (d) Esophageal manometry; (e) Dual channel ambulatory pH monitoring; (f) Evaluation of potential aspiration: Bronchoscopy with broncho-alveolar lavage (pepsin, bile acids)
- Medical and surgical treatment of GERD. Tailoring to the individual patient
- GERD and IPF
- Lung transplantation and rejection: The bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome
- Scleroderma and end-stage lung disease: A challenging problem
- From heartburn to Barrett’s esophagus
- Endoscopic treatment of high grade dysplasia and early esophageal cancer
- Surgical treatment of high grade dysplasia and early esophageal cancer
- Esophageal cancer in 2016: Importance of a multidisciplinary approach
Prof. Marco G. Patti
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- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Esophageal manometry
- Ambulatory pH monitoring
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Esophageal cancer
- Proton pump inhibitors
- Laparoscopic fundoplication
- Lung transplantation