Single Topic Conference (STC): Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorder


by: Felipe Gozar Duque, MD
2nd Vice President, PSG

Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGID) is a group of diseases characterized by eosinophilic infiltration of the GI tract, the symptoms varying depending on which segment and layer of the digestive wall is involved.

There is an increasing number of newly diagnosed cases per year worldwide. Whether this increase in incidence reflects a heightened awareness of the disease or a true increase is undetermined.

On October 4, 2017, the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology held a Single Topic Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders to create awareness and familiarize the members on this emerging disease.

Invited speakers are some of the brightest minds in the organization. Guest lecturers were, likewise, invited to make sure that all of the topics were discussed by experts in their field. The 1st lecture on the burden of the disease both local and international was given by past President Dr Peter Sy who set the tone for the lectures that followed. The role of eosinophils in the pathogenesis of the disorder was delivered by one of the invited guest lecturers Dr Michelle de Vera who is an immunology and allergy expert. The clinical presentations of the disorder were discussed by past Presidents Dr Dina Gonzales and Dr Randy Mercado. Past President Professor Jose Sollano gave an outstanding presentation on the role of endoscopy in the diagnosis of the disease. Featured in his lecture are representative endoscopic pictures that will help the participants recognize the disease at a glance. The histologic features of the disease was discussed by another guest lecturer and pathology expert Dr Glenda Pua.

A very enlightening lecture on the "Role of PPIs in Eosinophilic Esophagitis" was delivered by past PSDE President Felix Domingo during the lunch symposium sponsored by Torrent Pharma Philippines.

The afternoon session started with a lecture on the pharmacologic and dietary management of the disease by past President Joseph Bocobo and past Nutition Council chairman Dr Jane Campos, respectively.

The lecture on the management of pregnant women with the disorder was a challenge because of paucity of literature on the subject matter. Dr Ira Yu, not withstanding, was still able to deliver her lecture with the confidence and finesse that she is known for. Equally challenging is the lecture on what adult gastrointestinal diseases practitioners should know about pediatric patients which was delivered by one of the country's most accomplished pediatric gastroenterologist Dr Mary Jean Guno.

The conference lectures winded up with a very interesting video presentation by Dr Armand Lay of his documented cases of gastrointestinal eosinophilia in his GastroHep endoscopy unit.
During the open fora, past President Professor Sol Alvarez shared his experience on a patient with eosinophilic peritonitis.

A total of 164 gastroenterologists and fellows -in-training attended the activity which was credited with 6.5 PRC CPD units and 3 PCP CME units. It was moderated by Dr Digna Peña, Dr Augusto Galang, Dr Ma Isabel Siapno and Dr Felipe Gozar Duque who is, likewise, the STC Overall Chairman. The conference was honored by the presence of Dr Judith Gapasin-Tongco, PSG President and Dr Leticia Ibañez-Guzman PSG 1st Vice President who also deliveted the opening and closing remarks, respectively.

The success of the conference is credited to everyone who participated and most especially to the speakers who bravely accepted the invitation to tread on uncharted territory to acquaint and enlighten the attendees on this emerging gastrointestinal disorder. Recognition is, likewise, given to Mr Anil Kochhar, Torrent Pharma Philippines Country Manager for his company's sponsorship of the activity.