A multicenter cohort study of patients with obesity suggests a decreased risk of developing new obesity-related cancers in patients with a history of bariatric surgery.Read More
Celiac Patients Have Elevated Risk of Developing C. difficile Infection
Patients with celiac disease have a higher incidence of Clostridioides difficile infection than the general public, even after accounting for traditional risk factors for developing the sometimes life-threatening diarrheal infection. The new Cleveland Clinic research that identified the link highlights the need for clinicians to consider a C. difficile diagnosis when evaluating celiac patients with new or recurring diarrhea.
Study Reveals Racial Disparities in Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
New Cleveland Clinic research shows a troubling disparity in Black patients’ access to advanced inflammatory bowel disease therapies when compared with white patients. This lack of access to advanced treatments can have severe health consequences for patients, including more complications and hospitalizations.
New Insights on Post-Transplant Survival after Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure
Patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure, even those with advanced-grade disease and circulatory failure requiring multiple vasopressors, can achieve one-year survival rates exceeding 80% following liver transplantation, a large North American multicenter study including Cleveland Clinic researchers has found. But the presence of portal vein thrombosis in patients with the most severe ACLF is cause for caution regarding transplantation.
Intraoperative Calibration Spheres: A Simple, Effective Way to Identify Endoluminal Strictures
Many patients with Crohn’s disease eventually require surgery to resolve fibrotic strictures that develop due to inflammation and repetitive scarring in the small bowel. Cleveland Clinic Inflammatory Bowel Disease Surgery Section Chief Stefan Holubar, MD, MS shares a quick, easy stricture identification and assessment technique using intraoperative calibration spheres.
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Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents Is Effective but Underutilized
“When paired with comprehensive management, metabolic and bariatric surgery has a track record as a safe and effective intervention for treating obesity,” says Roy Kim, MD, Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Be Well Kids Center.
Pinpointing Risk Factors for Respiratory Failure after Elective Abdominal Surgery
New Cleveland Clinic research identifies risk factors for postoperative respiratory failure in patients undergoing elective abdominal surgery. The findings can be used to identify higher-risk patients for additional monitoring or follow-up care, and to help surgeons and anesthesiologists optimize outcomes.
What’s Ahead in Pediatric IBD Care? Cure-Based Therapies and Prevention-Based Interventions
These three themes were front and center during the inaugural Kaplan Foundation Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symposium.
Making History: Michelle Kang Kim, MD, PhD, is Cleveland Clinic’s First Female Chair of Gastroenterology
The appointment of Michelle Kang Kim, MD, PhD, as Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is groundbreaking in several ways. Dr. Kim is the first woman to hold that position at Cleveland Clinic, and she is among the fewer than 10% of gastroenterology division chiefs nationally who are female.In a wide-ranging interview , Dr. Kim discusses medicine, mentoring, neuroendocrine tumor research, juggling personal and professional duties, and much more.
Reducing Last-Minute Cancellations Through Optimized Endoscopy Ordering and Scheduling
The GI Optimization project created a set of standard endoscopy procedure orders to replace the 80+ different ordering methods used by providers across Cleveland Clinic’s enterprise.
Biologics Before Surgery Not Associated With Postoperative Infections in IBD Patients
A large new multi-institution study led by Cleveland Clinic researchers adds to the body of evidence supporting the safety of biologics use prior to surgery for inflammatory bowel disease.