36 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS MAY 2016 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events for patients with malnutrition and short bowel syndrome, recalling the importance of gradual resumption of patient’s enteral feeding by replac-ing all the necessary vitamins and electrolytes and closely monitoring glucose levels. Lecturers informed attendees about the essential role of ALT level, not only in liver disease diagnostics, but also in cardiovascular risk determination, citing the fact that a normal ALT level does not indicate a complete state of health and reminding the significance of daily physical activities and healthy diet in our everyday life. Young gastroenterologists were informed about the need to limit antimicrobial therapy in gastroenter-ology patients, therefore limiting the antimicrobial resistance development in clinical practice. They were also in-formed about such rare, but extremely significant, diseases such as Waldman’s disease and actinomycosis, as well as stressed the important issue of IBD patient medication costs. Four satellite symposia, which were devoted to in-depth study of various specific topics in gastroenterology, took place in the Small Hall parallel to the plenary session in the Main Hall. Not only gastroenterologists have to face the issues of fermentology in their clinical practice; rational use of enzyme medication is an important aspect in daily practice of any doctor. In a satellite symposium, which was devoted to enzyme medication role in gastroenterology, recognized Latvian specialists in Endocrinology – Assoc. Professor Ilze Konrade, Gastroen-terology – Assist. Professor Aleksejs Derovs, and Surgery - Professor Gun-tars Pupelis, shared their experience and knowledge. During the first international satel-lite symposium “Gastroenterology vs. Cardiology: myths and reality” local and invited speakers were talking about common diagnostic and thera-peutic moments of both specialties, reminded that the use of antiplatelet and anticoagulant medication reduces the cardiovascular risk more than ex-acerbates the symptoms of GI system diseases. Professor Leonid B. Lazebnik (Russia) emphasized that increased cholesterol level is a common risk factor for cardiological and gastro-enterological patients and described cardiology drug effects on gastrointes-tinal tract diseases. Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are a heterogeneous group of tumors that consist of hormone producing cells and can be located in different organ systems; however, mostly they are found in gastrointestinal tract organs. Taking into an account that NETs have no specific manifestation, it can take up to seven years from the first onset of symptoms to the identifica-tion of the pathological process. In the satellite symposium “Neuroendocrine tumors: diagnostic and treatment options” a professor from Uppsala University (Switzerland), Kjell Oberg, emphasized the most important mo-ments in NET diagnostics, cleared the myths about chemotherapy value for patients with NETs, and showed new horizons in NET therapy. Capsule endoscopy is a relatively new endoscopic method, with a widely discussed indication spectrum in the literature. The second interna-tional satellite symposium, “Capsule endoscopy yield in different indica-tions,” guided by international experts like Professor Rami Eliakim (Israel), delivered information about its im-portance in cases like gastrointestinal bleeding, small bowel tumors, and un-explained chronic abdominal pain. The Latvian Gastroenterology Congress with International Participa-tion has become a meaningful tradition in the medical field of Latvia and the Baltic States in general. Despite the fact that there are only about 50 certified gastroenterologists in Latvia, this Con-gress each time brings together more than 1,000 local and foreign delegates and this year was no exception! Organizing Committee (Juris Pokrotnieks, Jelena Derova, and Aleksejs Derovs) and UEG official representative Joost PH Drenth (Netherlands). Plenary Session. Symposium in Small Hall.
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