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Physi­cians at Cleve­land Clinic Abu Dhabi have per­formed the re­gion’s first “POP” pro­ce­dure, an in­no­va­tive tech­nique that can al­le­vi­ate the de­bil­i­tat­ing symp­toms of gas­tro­pare­sis, a chronic di­ges­tive dis­ease. The non-sur­gi­cal tech­nique, known as Per-Oral Py­loromy­otomy (POP), is based on tech­niques pi­o­neered in Ja­pan and is now avail­able in the UAE cap­i­tal, where four Emi­rati pa­tients have al­ready un­der­gone the pro­ce­dure this year. Gas­tro­pare­sis, which is also known as delayed gas­tric emp­ty­ing or “paral­ysed stom­ach”, af­fects mil­lions of peo­ple around the world. While di­a­betes is one of the main causes of gas­tro­pare­sis, other ill­nesses such as chronic pan­cre­ati­tis, cys­tic fi­bro­sis, kid­ney dis­ease, Turner’s syn­drome and Parkin­son’s dis­ease can also cause the dis­ease.

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