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Gastrointestinal Emergencies, 2nd Edition

Tony C. K. Tham (Editor), John S. A. Collins (Editor), Roy M. Soetikno (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-0330-8
232 pages
January 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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The definitive reference guide for the management of gastrointestinal emergencies and endoscopic complications

When you are caring for a patient with a gastrointestinal emergency – during a procedure or after emergency stabilization – you can count on this updated reference to supply the specific how-to guidance you need.

Written and edited by leading international experts in the field, the second edition of Gastrointestinal Emergencies:

  • now reflects the many diagnostic and therapeutic advances since publication of the first edition
  • covers the full range of gastrointestinal emergencies encountered in daily clinical practice
  • gives evidence-based approaches to the presentation, diagnosis, investigation, and management of patients
  • features the important contributions of new editor Roy Soetikno, Associate Professor of Medicine at the VA Health Care System, Palo Alto, California

All practitioners involved in gastrointestinal emergency care will find clear and succinct advice in this concise reference. Every Emergency Department and every endoscopy unit should keep a copy close at hand for quick reference.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Approach to Specific Presentations.

1. Approach to Dysphagia (John Collins).

2. Approach to Vomiting (Bee Chan Lee, John Collins).

3. Approach to Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding (Patrick Allen, Tony Tham).

4. Approach to Acute Abdominal Pain (Tony Tham).

5. Approach to Jaundice (Tony Tham).

6. Acute Severe Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding (Tonya Kaltenbach, Roy Soetikno).

7. Diarrhea (John Collins).

Section 2: Complications of Gastrointestinal Procedures.

8. Complications of Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (Reza Shaker, Colm O`Loughlin).

9. Complications of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (Freddy Vandenbussche, Jo Vandervoort).

10. Complications of Variceal Sclerotherapy, Ligation and Balloon Tamponade (Yan Zhong, Stefan Seewald, Nib Soehendra).

11. ERCP Complications (Victor Chen, Richard Wong).

12. Complications of Laparoscopic Surgery (Stephen Attwood).

13. Liver biopsy (Ramsey Cheung).

14. Complications of Colonoscopy (Sybile Van Lierde, Jo Vandervoort).

15. Capsule Endoscopy Complications (Ma. Cecilia Sison, Andres Sanchez Yagüe, Kenneth Binmoeller, Roy Soetikno).

16. Endoscopic Ultrasound Complications (Ma. Cecilia Sison, Andres Sanchez Yagüe, Kenneth Binmoeller, Roy Soetikno).

Section 3: Specific Conditions.

17. Foreign Body Impaction in the Esophagus (George Triadafilopoulos).

18. Esophageal Perforation (Peter Siersema).

19. Perforation of the GI tract (John Moorehead, Ian McAllister).

20. Intestinal Obstruction (Andrew Crumley, Robert Stuart).

21. Management of Acute Upper Non-Variceal Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage (Kelvin Palmer).

22. Acute Pancreatitis (David Lichtenstein).

23. Biliary Emergencies (David Carr-Locke, Bhavani Moparty).

24. Variceal Hemorrhage (Yan Zhong, Stefan Seewald, Nib Soehendra).

25. Acute Liver Failure (Aijaz Ahmed, Emmet Keeffe).

26. Management of Ascites and Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis (Andrés Cárdenas, Pere Ginès).

27. Alcoholic Hepatitis (David Patch).

28. Acute Appendicitis (John Moorehead, Ian McAllister).

29. Ischemic Bowel (Shai Friedland, Roy Soetikno).

30. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Subrata Ghosh).

31. Infectious Diarrhea (John Collins, Graham Morrison).

32. Diverticular Disease (Tonya Kaltenbach, Roy Soetikno).

33. Gastrointestinal Complications of HIV Disease (Wallace Dinsmore, Afshin Nasoodi).

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Author Information

Dr Tham qualified in 1985 from the Queen’s University of Belfast’s medical school. He trained as a gastroenterologist and physician in Northern Ireland. He completed his training as Visiting Advanced Gastroenterology Fellow in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. He has been Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast since 1997. During this time, he has developed gastroenterology services in the Ulster Hospital, especially in therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP. He is the lead clinician for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer in the hospital and surrounding hospital network. He has recently been appointed Head of the School of Medicine in the Northern Ireland deanery. He is on the Specialist Advisory Committee for internal medicine at the Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board. He is also on the British Society of Gastroenterology committee for clinical standards. He is an assessor for doctors applying for direct entry into the specialist register in the United Kingdom. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and also Queen’s University of Belfast medical school.

Dr John Collins graduated from The Queen's University of Belfast in 1976. His postgraduate training in gastroenterology and internal medicine was completed in the RAF Medical Services, the Northern Ireland Deanery and in the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was appointed as Consultant Gastroenterologist to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast in 1990. He has research interests in H pylori, GORD and small bowel capsule endoscopy. He is a Past President of the Irish Society of Gastroenterolgy and is currently Secretary of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Roy Soetikno, MD, was promoted to associate professor of medicine (gastroenterology and hepatology) at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System through February 2008. He is a leader in advanced therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasonography. He specializes in performing endoscopic surgery of early gastrointestinal cancer. Soetikno is chief of the endoscopy unit at the VA and associate chief of the gastrointestinal section.
His educational background includes engineering, epidemiology, gastroenterology and technical expertise in endoscopy. Soetikno has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Washington University (1985), a medical degree from the University of Chicago (1990) and a graduate degree in health sciences research from Stanford (1996). He later completed clinical and research fellowships in gastroenterology at Stanford, an advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at Harvard and a fellowship in ultrasound and gastrointestinal oncology at UC-Irvine. He became an assistant professor at Stanford in 1999.

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The Wiley Advantage

● An immediate reference for when unexpected gastrointestinal emergencies occur
● A practical, up-to-date guide and immediate reference for the physician or surgeon in the management of commonly presenting GI emergencies
● Comprises three sections using the symptom based approach, which gives a quick overview of the initial presenting complaint followed by detailed sections on specific problems
● Covers procedures for avoiding and managing specific conditions, particularly difficulties after endoscopy procedures – including the latest techniques
● Clear and succinct advice relevant to those in specialist gastroenterology areas, and those working on general medicine and surgical units
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"This is a highly useful book for physicians dealing with emergency situations and complications relating to any part of the digestive system - the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon (including all its portions), liver, pancreas, bile ducts and other organs. We commend the editors and all contributors for creating this valuable and outstanding book." (Biz India, 2 February 2012)

Reviews on 1st edition:
"This book [...] educates the uninitiated that there are many emergencies associated with the gastrointestinal tract and that these may present to either physicians or surgeons." (Emergency Medicine Journal, 18 523)



"This book provides clear and succinct advice and should be made readily available to those working on general medical and surgical units." (Ulster Medical Journal, 72 (2) pp129 November 2003)

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