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ECCO News keeps ECCO Members up-to-date on what is going on within the organisation and reports on IBD activities taking place within Europe. Since Spring 2006, ECCO News has maintained the flow of information between Members of the organisation. 

ECCO News is an important part of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation’s ambition to create a European standard of IBD care and to promote knowledge and research in the field of IBD. ECCO Members automatically receive this publication four times a year. 

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11October2019

Challenges in the diagnosis of diversion colitis

Monika Tripathi, H-ECCO Member

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Monika Tripathi
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Elective or emergency surgical interventions in the management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are mainly reserved for patients with medical refractory disease and life-threatening complications. Approximately 20%–30% of Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and 70%–80% of Crohn’s Disease (CD) patients will need surgery within the first to second decade following primary disease diagnosis [1].

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, Committee News, H-ECCO

11October2019

Fighting for growth in paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Amit Assa*/**, P-ECCO Member

Amit Assa 2019
Amit Assa
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Growth retardation is commonly seen in children diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), mainly those with Crohn's Disease (CD). The aetiology of poor growth in children with IBD is multifactorial and includes malnutrition, poor intake, increased nutritional needs, elevated inflammatory cytokines, genetic factors (parental height, CD susceptibility genes) and corticosteroid therapy. Growth retardation may be present years before diagnosis of IBD, and it commonly persists despite disease-specific treatments, with implications for final adult height and consequent social and psychological burden.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, Committee News, P-ECCO

11October2019

13th European Colorectal Congress of St. Gallen

Michel Adamina, S-ECCO Member

Michel AdaminaMichel Adamina
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The 13th European Colorectal Congress starts on Sunday December 1, 2019 with a Masterclass in Colorectal Surgery and ends on Thursday December 5, 2019. About 1,400 participants from 80 countries are expected to attend the St. Gallen Colorectal Week (www.colorectalsurgery.eu, @ECCongress). Michel Adamina, from S-ECCO, is co-organising the meeting.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, Committee News, S-ECCO

11October2019

Nutritional management in patients after pouch surgery

Lihi Godny, D-ECCO Member


Lihi Godny 2019
Lihi Godny
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Total proctocolectomy with ileal pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA) is the surgery of choice for patients with refractory Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Following the first-year post operatively the pouch is adapted to the ileal content efflux and most patients have 5-8 bowel movements a day and one nocturnal. Stool and gas incontinence, episodic nocturnal soiling and use of anti-diarrheal medications are common1–4. Since patients often relate symptoms to food (especially fruit and vegetable, dairy products and spicy foods), food avoidance is prevalent in up to 70% of the patients5. Therefore, patients after pouch surgery should be routinely assessed and treated by a dietitian within the setting of a multidisciplinary team6.

Nutritional deficiencies including iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin D are common and should be monitored and addressed7. Fluids and electrolytes imbalances are common in patients with increased number of bowel movements and need to be managed in order to avoid dehydration.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, Committee News, D-ECCO

11October2019

IBD Nurse Education Programme - 2nd F2F Meeting

Wladzia Czuber-Dochan and Petra Hartmann, N-ECCO Members

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Wladzia Czuber-Dochan 
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Petra Hartmann
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The ECCO IBD Nurse Education Programme was introduced in 2018, with Italy being chosen as the first country to run the Programme. The Programme consists of two face-to-face meetings, one at the beginning and one at the end of the Programme, six online modules that nurses complete as self-directed learning, and a one-week visit to an IBD centre in the home country. The Programme, which ran from November 2018 to May 2019, was coordinated by an experienced IBD Nurse, Simona Radice, with help and support from Gionata Fiorino, consultant gastroenterologist. Both Simona and Gionata work at Humanitas Hospital in Milan, where the face-to-face meetings took place.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, Committee News, N-ECCO

11October2019

Update of ECCO Guideline SOPs

Glen Doherty, GuiCom Chair

Glen Doherty
Glen Doherty
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The generation of high-quality practice guidelines remains a key priority for ECCO as an organisation. Arising from an important initiative by the Governing Board, in the last year GuiCom has introduced significant changes in the way that ECCO Guidelines are created. These changes have been introduced to ensure that we are using the best methodology in the creation of our guidelines, in line with international best practice. By adopting this approach, we will ensure that ECCO Guidelines stand up to robust external scrutiny, that they remain objective and evidence based, and that conflicts of interest are not permitted to influence guideline recommendations.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, Committee News, GuiCom

11October2019

Report on the 63rd ECCO Educational Workshop Santiago de Chile, July 3, 2019

Paulo Kotze, EduCom Member

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Paulo Kotze
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Following previous events in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay, Latin America once more hosted an ECCO Workshop when the 63rd ECCO Educational Workshop was held in the beautiful city of Santiago, Chile, on July 3, 2019. The meeting venue was the Hotel Intercontinental and the workshop constituted one of the pre-congress courses of the National Chilean Gastroenterology Congress.

An impressive number of attendees, 130, participated in the workshop, which attracted a mixed audience of gastroenterologists, surgeons, nurses, pathologists and radiologists. The meeting was moderated by two ECCO Officers. The ECCO Governing Board was represented by Julián Panés (Barcelona, past ECCO President) and ECCO EduCom was represented by Paulo Gustavo Kotze, from Curitiba, Brazil.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, Committee News, EduCom

11October2019

Report on the 61st ECCO Educational Workshop, Tel Aviv, Israel

Naila Arebi, EpiCom Member

Naila Arebi
Naila Arebi
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The cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv served as the location for the 61st ECCO Educational Workshop. On the 12 June, over 100 delegates from across Israel attended this interactive and productive workshop, which also offered plenty of opportunities for networking over coffee and lunch breaks.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, Committee News, EduCom

11October2019

Introduction to ECCO’20 IBD Intensive Advanced Course

Henit Yanai, EduCom Member


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Henit Yanai
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The 18th ECCO IBD Intensive Advanced Course, Vienna 2020

The European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) brings together national groups and individuals interested in different aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). One of ECCO’s core aims is to promote education in the field of IBD and thereby improve the quality of care for IBD patients throughout Europe.

The annual ECCO IBD Intensive Advanced Course was initiated in 2003 with the general aim of providing advanced fellows and junior faculty in gastroenterology with a multidisciplinary broad base of knowledge in IBD. The course consists of lectures and workshops dealing with controversial areas of IBD pathogenesis, diagnosis and management, delivered by leading experts in the field of IBD.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, EduCom, Committee News, Congress News, ECCO'20

11October2019

Introduction to ECCO’20 Imaging Workshops

Marietta Iacucci, EduCom Member and Christian Maaser, EduCom Member

2nd ECCO-ESGAR Basic Imaging Workshop 

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Marietta Iacucci 
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Christian Maaser 2019
Christian Maaser
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In 2020 the Educational Programme at the ECCO Congress will again include two combined workshops devoted to IBD imaging. The first will be centered on basic endoscopy, ultrasound and MRI while the second will focus on advancements in intestinal ultrasound. Both workshops will be possible thanks to the extensive cooperation of gastroenterologists with experience in intestinal imaging from ECCO and our partner societies (ESGAR).

The 2nd ECCO-ESGAR Basic Imaging Workshop will educate attendees in how to make a precise diagnosis and how to better direct the therapeutic management of IBD patients using the latest imaging technologies. It is designed for gastroenterologists, endoscopists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in diagnostic imaging and endoscopy of Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). The course has been successful and highly requested in the past few years, and we have decided to run the course twice on the same day this year to enable more participants to attend.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 3, EduCom, Committee News, Congress News, ECCO'20