The two-day (April 29th & 30th)national-level conference of Indian Motility and Functional Diseases Association saw participation of gastroenterologists from all over India with expert international speakers throwing light on GERD, paediatric gastrointestinal disorders, acidity-related chest pain and IBS
Hyderabad April 30, 2017: The 4th Biennial conference of Indian Motility and Functional Disease Association being held at KIMS Hospitals by Department of Gastroenterology threw light on several abnormal motility and functional bowel disorders troubling people of all age groups. The two-day conference, which is held on April 29th & 30th, saw 200 gastroenterologists participating from all over the nation while the speakers came from far-off countries such as USA, South Korea and Australia.
Motility is related to contraction of muscles inside the gastrointestinal tract of the human digestive system. The motility issues can be seen as contraction in muscles of oesophagus, stomach and intestine. The conference theme was ‘Frontiers and Future perspectives in GI Physiology and Functional GI Diseases’. Aptly, the two-day event deliberated on abnormalities that are not often discussed among communities as well as the medical fraternity.
Inaugurating the conference, Dr Bhaskar Rao, MD and CEO, KIMS Hospitals said, “The conference is an effective platform for young gastroenterologists to improve their understanding about disorders of the gastrointestinal tract which are due to abnormal motility of the muscles of digestive tract”.
Dr Geoffrey Hebbard from Australia talked about latest development in the diagnosis of GERD (entry of acid into food pipe which causes heart burn). Professor Uday C. Ghoshal from Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknowspoke about the motility disorder and functional bowel disease in India and Dr Kok Ann Gwee from Singapore spoke about these aspects in Asia. There was a special session on paediatric GI disorders and a session was dedicated to constipation which is a very common problem in the general population. Dr Nitesh Pratap, Sr. Consultant, Gastroenterologist, KIMS Hospitals said that this unique programme will bring awareness about GI motility and functional disorders among gastroenterologists and help doctors to understand and treat these disorders better.
The conference focused well on advance in management the field of GI motility and functional disease of digestive tract. On the occasion, certain international trends and practices were discussed while special mentions were made on lifestyle, diet and stress management to checkmate motility issues.
“The objective of the conference was to impart knowledge to gastroenterologists on motility and functional bowel diseases that are very common in general population. These disorders are usually chronic for many years and most of the investigations done in patients with functional bowel diseases are normal, which is frustrating for both patient and doctor. The panel felt that routine investigations done in patients with motility disorders might also be normal, so the disease required Specialized GI motility tests for a definitive diagnosis. This is being emphasized in the conference,” Dr. Nitesh Pratap explained adding there were also panel discussions on a typical chest pain which mimics heart attack, and detailed discussions on diagnosis and differentiation of acidity from a heart attack.
A symposium was also held on bloating, which is one of the common symptoms among Indians due to rich fiber content in our diet. There was a discussion on the dietary changes in patients with irritable bowel syndrome The conference was attended by 200 delegates from all over India. Five International and 35 national faculties spoke.