2017-03-02 14:16:17 UTC

AGA Releases Expert Advice on Use of FLIP

March 2, 2017

A new AGA Clinical Practice Update reports that data supports use of FLIP in assessing esophageal function.

AGA has issued new a new Clinical Practice Update (CPU) for the use of the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP) to assess disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract; this expert guidance is published in the March issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH). The CPU authors found that FLIP is very effective in diagnosing achalasia, a rare disorder that affects lower esophageal sphincter dysfunction. Since FLIP allows clinicians to evaluate the luminal opening more accurately to determine the flow of food into the stomach, it could be a more reliable diagnostic tool. 

However, the authors also stated that evidence for the use of FLIP for treating GERD is low, and future studies are needed to determine its efficacy and utility. 

For a summary of this CPU, visit GI & Hepatology News. Access the full CPU on the CGH website.

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