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.

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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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.

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