Two-day PGI-AIIMS conference on liver diseases begins today

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Chandigarh, Sept 29 (UNI) A two-day conference on liver diseases, organised by the Department of Hepatology at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in collaboration with Department of Gastroenterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, commenced here today at PGI.

The conference, Current Perspectives in Liver Diseases (CPLD-2007), is the 7th PGI-AIIMS, joint conference and is being attended by around 250 doctors working in the field of Hepatology, Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.

The first day of the conference was devoted to a single theme 'Infections in Liver Diseases' which included a symposium on Gut flora in health and liver disease.

It was stressed that patients with liver disease were prone to various kinds of bacterial, tubercular and fungal infections due to immunocompromised status, bacterial overgrowth in the gut and bacterial migration along the intestine.

The experts said that management of these infections was equally important and difficult due to liver related side effects and excretion of various antibacterial, anti tubercular and anti fungal drugs by liver.

It was stressed that management of such infections played an important role in the recovery of patients with acute liver failure and in patients who had undergone liver transplantation.

Other topics discussed included liver involvement in malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis, evidence-based management of liver abscess, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of fungal infections in liver diseases and prescribing antibacterials, anti-tubercular and antifungal drugs in liver diseases and HIV and Hepatitis.

Issues in the management of hydatid cyst of liver were addressed by Prof Hasnain Ali Shah from Pakistan.

In addition to infections in liver diseases other topics covered on first day of the conference included a symposium on hepatic endocrinology. The topics covered in the symposium included nonalcoholic fatty liver disease which is an important cause of unexplained chronic liver disease.

Bone involvement, sexual dysfunction and growth retardation in patients with liver disease and liver involvement in thyroid and pituitary diseases were some of the other issues which hepatologists and endocrinologists sorted out together.

A panel discussion on Hepatitis C virus was also held and all the problems related to the diagnosis and treatment of such patients in India was discussed.

At the end of the day, Swami Dhirendra Acharya held a yoga session for the health workers and gave tips for de-stressing.

UNI

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