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Obesity Primer for the Practicing Gastroenterologist

Jirapinyo, Pichamol MD, MPH1,2; Thompson, Christopher C. MD, MSc1,2

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The American Journal of Gastroenterology 116(5):p 918-934, May 2021. | DOI: 10.14309/ajg.0000000000001200


With worsening of the obesity pandemic, gastroenterologists will see more patients with this chronic disease. Given the association between obesity and several gastrointestinal conditions and the interplay between obesity pathophysiology and gut hormones, gastroenterologists can play an important role in the management of this disease. Furthermore, because more patients undergo bariatric surgery, an understanding of postsurgical anatomy and medical and endoscopic management of bariatric surgical complications is essential. This article provides clinical tools for the assessment and management of obesity for the general gastroenterologist. Tables containing high-yield practical information are also provided for quick reference.

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