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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Call for Papers

In recent years, we have witnessed dramatic advancements in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For instance, endoscopic ablation techniques have been introduced as an effective means for eradicating Barrett's esophagus. Similarly, the treatment of paraesophageal hernias has also drastically changed over the last decade. However, controversial technical aspects of this management still persist and have been heightened by the wide array of meshes becoming available for the repair of the hiatus. In addition, treatment of GERD is very controversial in special situations, such as in patients with end-stage lung diseases, morbid obesity, and in those with atypical (laryngeal) manifestations. Finally, newer technologies have been introduced into the clinical arena with the goal to provide a better diagnosis of GERD expecially in those patients in which conventional medical treatment has failed.

The main focus of this special issue will be to provide an overview of recent technical developments and analyze current controversies and long-term results of current management strategies of GERD with the goal to present a modern approach to the diverse spectrum of GERD. The special issue will become an international forum for researchers to summarize the most recent developments and ideas in the field, with a special emphasis given to the technical and observational results obtained within the last five years. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnosis of GERD
  • Medical and surgical treatment of GERD: indications and results
  • Partial versus total fundoplication as minimally invasive treatment for GERD
  • GERD and obesity: a challenging therapeutical problem
  • GERD and Barrett's esophagus
  • Modern treatment of Barrett's esophagus
  • GERD and end-stage lung diseases
  • GERD and paraesophageal hernias
  • GERD and atypical (laryngeal) manifestations

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/grp/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/grp/grd/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 21 December 2012
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 15 March 2013
Publication DateFriday, 10 May 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • P. Marco Fisichella, Loyola University Medical Center, Stritch School of Medicine 2160 South First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153, USA

Guest Editors

  • Marco G. Patti, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
  • Fernando A. M. Herbella, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Rua Diogo de Faria, 1087 São Paulo, Brazil
  • Giovanni Zaninotto, Giovanni e Paolo Hospital, ULSS 12 Ospedale SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Castello, 6777 Venezia, Italy
  • Gaurav V. Kulkarni, Loyola University Medical Center, USA