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Diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal conditions are covered in this learning plan for GPs and nurses. Learn more about diagnosis, management and when to refer, and claim CPD credits for each module that you complete.
This article by Dr Naila Arebi reviews the aetiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and management of ulcerative colitis, covering how to make the diagnosis, conducting a clinical examination and a discussion of new therapies. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include Copenhagen criteria for diagnosis, therapeutic options and effective follow up.
Dr Rachel Pryke describes how to implement the latest NICE guidance on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in primary care.
This article by Dr Pipin Singh describes the red flag symptoms that indicate potentially serious causes of diarrhoea in adults. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include identifying causes of acute or chronic diarrhoea, questions to ask and when to refer.
Dr Suneeta Kochhar provides a reminder on potentially serious causes of dysphagia in this article updated in 2018. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include identifying infective, obstructive or neurological causes, clinical evaluation and when to refer.
Injuries and conditions requiring keyhole surgery are are highlighted in this activity, including shoulder surgery, nasal surgery and laparoscopic hysterectomy.
Dr Kevin Barrett, GP and clinical lead for gastroenterology, explains his role and answers questions on early diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease and the benefits of faecal calprotectin testing.
Dr Ghassan El Sayed and Dr Earl Williams outline the diagnosis and management of common bile duct stones, estimated to be present in 10-20% of patients with symptomatic gallstones.
Dr Louise Newson describes a presentation of acute epigastric pain in a 44-year old female patient, leading to a diagnosis of pancreatitis. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include prevalence, investigation and treatment of acute pancreatitis.