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Dr. Kenneth E. Fasanella gives a presentation on how to understand the functional anatomy of the stomach, pertaining to acid secretion, as well as understanding the physiology of GERD.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Appropriately identify patients with GERD who should undergo more invasive testing
  • Risk stratify patients who are high risk for NSAID use and should be started on prophylactic PPI use
  • Familiar with recently published guidelines updating treatment of Helicobacter pylori

Reading Resources:

  1. Chey, WD, et al.  ACG Clinical Guideline: Treatment of Helicobacter pylori Infection. Am J Gastroenterol. 2017; 112:212-238.
  2. Lanza, FL, et al.  Prevention of NSAID-Related Ulcer Complications. Am J Gastroenterol. 2009; 104:728-738.
  3. Bhala, N, et al. Vascular and upper gastrointestinal effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: meta-analysis of individual participant data from randomized trials. Lancet. 2013; 382(9894):769-79.
  4. Katz, PO, et al.  Diagnosis and Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Am J Gastroenterol 2013; 108:308-328.


Dr. Fasanella has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

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Release Date: 12/5/2018 | Last Modified On: 1/16/2020 | Expires: 12/16/2020

This course has been expired.