Endoscopy and Liver Disease, An Issue of Clinics in Liver DiseaseBy
- Andres Cardenas, MD, MMSc
- Paul Thuluvath, MD, MRCP, FRCP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Liver Transplantation, Johns Hopkins University, Balitmore, MD
Gastrointestinal endoscopy plays an essential role in the management of patients with liver disease. This issue reviews the standard of care in the endoscopic management of portal hypertension and biliary disease before and after liver transplantation. A thorough knowledge of the available endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic methods is essential for the practicing hepatologist. Emphasis is placed on recent advances in imaging techniques such as the application of capsule endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound in the evaluation of portal hypertension and recent advances in cholangioscopy and biliary tissue sampling. Additionally new information regarding the endoscopic management of esophageal and gastric varices is reviewed. Finally, the current role of ERCP in the diagnosis and staging of cholangiocarcinoma before liver transplantation and the endoscopic management of biliary complications after liver transplantation is discussed.
The Clinics: Internal Medicine
Published: June 2010