#FGdebate: Gastroenterology and hepatology training: time for a divorce?

Date: Monday 9th October Time: 8-9pm GMT Guest: Dr Ahmed Elsharkawy @aelsharkawy75 Dr Ahmed Elsharkawy was appointed as a Consultant Hepatologist in March 2012. He qualified from Southampton in 1999 before doing his core medical training in Nottingham followed by registrar training on both the Wessex and Northern Deanery schemes. His PhD was in the […]

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#FGDebate: Liver Biopsy is Critical for Managing Fatty Liver Disease

Liver Biopsy is Critical for Managing Fatty Liver Disease Date: Tuesday 25th July Time: 8-9pm GMT Guest: Professor Rob Goldin @robdgol Rob Goldin is Professor of Gastro-intestinal and Liver Pathology at Imperial College and the Clinical Lead for Gastro-intestinal Pathology in the North-West London Pathology Group. He also works at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in […]

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#FGDebate: The Role of Critical Care in Cirrhosis: Futility vs Opportunity?

The Role of Critical Care in Cirrhosis: Futility vs Opportunity? Date: Tuesday 11th April Time: 8-9pm GMT Guest: Dr Philip Berry @philabery   Philip Berry is a consultant hepatologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London. His interests include the management of decompensated cirrhosis and approaches to ethical dilemmas on the ward. He […]

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A simple IBD flare?

33 year old male with ulcerative colitis presents with a 5-day history of fever, night sweats, abdominal pain and increased stool frequency. Medications include mesalazine M/R 1g once daily, 6-mercaptopurine 75mg once daily and a two week course of prednisolone 40mg once daily. Bloods revealed a leukopenia and c-reactive protein of 23. Based on the […]

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Another portal vein thrombosis?

  Figure 1 Figure 2 A 62 year old male was undergoing antiviral therapy for HCV cirrhosis. He was asymptomatic with normal liver function tests and a normal alpha fetoprotein level. Routine liver ultrasound suggested a new portal vein thrombosis. CT imaging (figure1) and subsequent pathology specimen (figure 2) demonstrate a unique lesion. What’s in […]

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