With international travel, especially to exotic locations, increasing, physicians worldwide are likely to see patients with diseases they haven’t encountered before. Sunday’s AASLD/ALEH Joint Symposium, beginning at 4:15 pm in Room 214/216 of Moscone North/South will highlight the hepatic manifestations of various diseases endemic or epidemic in the tropics including viral A and E hepatitis, dengue, SARS and Zika virus, typhoid and malaria.
“This symposium makes use of the expertise of an international group of experts to provide important management tips for hepatologists in the endemic areas and also hepatologists in areas of the world like the United States and other developed areas where these diseases are uncommon, said Patrick S Kamath, MD, who is co-chairing the symposium with Raymundo Paraná, MD, PhD, ALEH president.
The symposium brings together internationally recognized experts in viral, bacterial, and parasitic disease from both AASLD and ALEH to share knowledge and collaborate on challenges and solutions.
“I cannot over-emphasize the importance of such joint meetings. The earth is flat, and national boundaries are artificial. We in the AASLD are just as likely to learn from members of other societies as they are to learn from us,” said Dr. Kamath, who is professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic.
Speakers will cover liver involvement in unusual viral illnesses such as Zika, dengue, yellow-fever, hepatitis E and SARS as well as approaches to fulminant liver failure in patients who have just returned from the tropics. Other highlights will include a discussion on parasitic diseases affecting the liver and review of measures to prevent such infections in the traveler.
“The practicing hepatologist in the tropical countries will get an update on tropical diseases affecting the liver. The hepatologist in the developed world will understand the approach to diagnosis and management of liver disease in patients who have just returned from the tropics,” said Dr. Kamath.