What's Hot at the ACG 2018

Megan Brooks

October 01, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Preliminary results from a trial of rectal indomethacin dose escalation for the prevention of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography-related pancreatitis and results from a study of a low-FODMAP diet to reduce symptoms in patients with fecal incontinence are among the hot topics that will be presented the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.

There will also be "some nice research on Barrett's esophagus," said Seth Gross, MD, from NYU Langone in New York City, who is chair of the ACG educational affairs committee.

Topics of feature presentations will range from a prospective study of needle actuations for endoscopic ultrasonography-guided liver biopsy; a multidisciplinary care pathway to improve the quality of inpatient colonoscopy bowel preparation; and a retrospective study looking at immunotherapy induced liver injury, Gross reported.

And there will be "an interesting study" looking at gluten contamination in gluten-free restaurant food, he told Medscape Medical News.

There will be five featured lectures at the meeting.

An exploration of known and emerging risk factors for functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders will be delivered by Nicholas Talley, MD, PhD, from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

An examination of best practices for patients with inflammatory bowel disease will be presented by Stephen Hanauer, MD, from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

The way diet, probiotic and microbiome changes, sleep, and nonprescription medications can be used to optimize disease management will be addressed David Johnson, MD, from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, who writes the Johnson on Gastroenterology blog on Medscape.

The goals, successes, and future of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable 80% by 2018 campaign for colorectal cancer screening will be reported by David Greenwald, MD, from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

And the roles that lifestyle, genetics, and polyp characteristics play in the management of patients with colorectal polyps will be presented by Carol Burke, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic.

"The speakers for these lectures are excellent and they touch upon some really interesting topics," said Gross.

Hands-on Workshops Back by Popular Demand

The always-popular Hands-on Workshop Center is back this year. Leading experts will demonstrate the latest tools and techniques using the most advanced devices and equipment in the Exhibit Hall.

"Typically, a few hundred people filter through," he explained. The center allows participants to "hone their skills on things they are currently doing," and provides new experiences, said Gross.

"It's a really robust meeting in terms of what it offers for the main audience, which is folks in the community taking care of patients with GI disease," he pointed out.

With more than 2600 posters and oral presentations, the number of abstracts submitted is "record-breaking," ACG President Irving Pike, MD, reported in a letter to colleagues.

In his Presidential Address, Pike will welcome attendees, highlight accomplishments of the past year, and bid farewell as the leadership passes to President-Elect Sunanda Kane, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Pike has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Gross reports financial relationships with Boston Scientific, CSA Medical, Micro Tech, Motus GI, and Olympus .

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