Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2022 was held both in San Diego, California, USA, and virtually. The meeting featured cutting-edge research and education in the field of gastroenterology, of which eight treatment-related presentations are summarised in this article. Two presentations covered recent patient surveys. The first highlighted that many patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) remain unsatisfied with the control of their symptoms, while the second highlighted that most patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) experience reflux symptoms despite proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy.
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Gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumour is an extremely rare condition to occur after bariatric surgery. To the authors’ knowledge, only two cases of gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumours after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass have been reported in the medical literature, both occurring in the excluded gastric remnant. Herein, the authors report the third case of gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumour post-Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and the first case to occur in the gastric pouch, which was managed surgically by laparoscopic resection. From here, combining the observations of clinicians treating and following up patients post-bariatric surgery in an international database will be beneficial to patients, and aid in development of surveillance guidelines.
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