© Borgis - Postępy Nauk Medycznych 2/2009, s. 158
Research on digestive system disorders traditionally included gastroenterology, hepatology and pancreatology. From the beginning histopathology was associated with these sciences. In the course of time also gastroenterological endoscopy and ultrasonography joined these branches. There has been dramatic progress in molecular biology relating, among other things, to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas during recent years.
All these branches and trends are presented in this issue of „Progress in Medical Sciences”. The article by Prof. Habior, dedicated to risk of liver diseases in Europe, merits attention. The paper´s author describes the current epidemiological situation of viral and metabolic liver diseases and reflects on expected liver cancer incidence.
The endoscopy section presents an article devoted to analgosedation. A questionnaire study carried out in 138 endoscopic laboratories in Poland showed that the percentage of gastroscopy and colonoscopy performed under intravenous sedation was respectively about 7 and 64%. The type of drug used for sedation differed depending on medical specialization: endoscopist´s most often applied midazolam while anaesthetists applied propofol. This analysis shows that it is necessary to work out uniform guidelines of analgosedation in endoscopic examination in our country.
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