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Appropriate use of endoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases: up-to-date indications for primary care providers

Authors Nguyen V, Nguyen, Nguyen CC

Published 1 November 2010 Volume 2010:3 Pages 345—357


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Vien X Nguyen1, Vi Thuy Le Nguyen2, Cuong C Nguyen1
1Department of Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, USA; 2Department of Pharmacy, Banner Baywood Medical Center, Mesa, AZ, USA

Abstract: The field of endoscopy has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of ­gastrointestinal (GI) diseases in recent years. Besides the ‘traditional’ endoscopic ­procedures (esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), advances in imaging technology (endoscopic ultrasonography, ­wireless capsule endoscopy, and double balloon enteroscopy) have allowed GI specialists to detect and manage disorders throughout the digestive system. This article reviews various ­endoscopic procedures and provides up-to-date endoscopic indications based on the ­recommendations of American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American Cancer Society for primary care providers in order to achieve high-quality and cost-effective care.

Keywords: endoscopy, endoscopic indications, endoscopic procedures, imaging, primary care, gastrointestinal disorders, appropriate use

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