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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29905893/s093-pneumatic-balloon-dilation-for-palliation-of-recurrent-symptoms-of-achalasia-after-esophagomyotomy
#1
Riley D Stewart, Jeffrey Hawel, Daniel French, Drew Bethune, James Ellsmere
BACKGROUND: Achalasia is a chronic disease affecting the myenteric plexus of the esophagus and lower esophageal sphincter. Treatment is aimed at palliating symptoms to improve quality of life. Treatment options for symptom relapse after esophagomyotomy include botox injection, repeat myotomy, per-oral endoscopic myotomy, or pneumatic balloon dilation (PBD). Data demonstrating the safety and efficacy of PBD for recurrence are scarce. With a lack of published data, guidelines have suggested avoiding PBD for recurrent achalasia because of concern for a high risk of perforation...
June 15, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29888236/non-cardiac-chest-pain
#2
REVIEW
Thomas Frieling
Background: Non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) is recurrent angina pectoris-like pain without evidence of coronary heart disease in conventional diagnostic evaluation. The prevalence of NCCP is up to 70% and may be detected (in this order) at all levels of the medical health care system (general practitioner, emergency department, chest pain unit, coronary care). Reduction of quality of life due to NCCP is comparable, and partially even higher, to that caused by cardiac chest pain. Reasons for psychological strain are symptom recurrence in approximately 50%, nonspecific diagnosis with resulting uncertainty, and insufficient integration of other medical disciplines in the diagnostic workup...
April 2018: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29804476/esophageal-achalasia-current-diagnosis-and-treatment
#3
Francisco Schlottmann, Marco G Patti
Esophageal achalasia is a primary esophageal motility disorder of unknown origin, characterized by lack of peristalsis and by incomplete or absent relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter in response to swallowing. The goal of treatment is to eliminate the functional obstruction at the level of the gastroesophageal junction Areas covered: This comprehensive review will evaluate the current literature, illustrating the diagnostic evaluation and providing an evidence-based treatment algorithm for this disease Expert commentary: Today we have three very effective therapeutic modalities to treat patients with achalasia - pneumatic dilatation, per-oral endoscopic myotomy and laparoscopic Heller myotomy with fundoplication...
May 27, 2018: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766515/results-of-pneumatic-dilation-in-treating-achalasia-predictive-factors
#4
REVIEW
Valter Nilton Felix
Forced pneumatic dilatation (PD) of the cardia is one of the most consecrated therapeutic measures for esophageal achalasia. The procedure only achieved better standardization with the appearance of the Rigiflex balloon. Results and predictive factors of success and failure of PD are reviewed, right after the description of the main technical aspects of the procedure. The success rates, providing control of dysphagia for about 1 year from the procedure using the Rigiflex balloon, are quite satisfactory, with success in more than 75% of patients...
May 16, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756656/pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-achalasia-in-a-muscle-mechanical-perspective
#5
REVIEW
Hans Gregersen, Kar Man Lo
This review provides a biomechanical perspective on the pathophysiology and treatment of achalasia. The esophagus is efficient in transporting ingested material to the stomach in healthy subjects. A fine balance exists between the peristaltic forces generated in the esophageal body (which herein is defined as the preload) and the resistance in the outlet, the esophago-gastric junction (which is defined as the afterload). Achalasia is a rare esophageal disease that progressively over many years challenges esophageal efficacy...
May 14, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29733014/peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-versus-heller-myotomy-for-achalasia-pros-and-cons
#6
Cristian Tefas, Rami Ababneh, Marcel Tanţău
Achalasia is an esophageal motor disorder that has multiple endoscopic and surgical methods of treatment. However, there is no consensus on optimal therapy in patients suffering from this disorder. This review discusses two therapies with similar but technically different concepts, peroral endoscopic myotomy and Heller surgical myotomy. After a brief introduction to the basic problems of achalasia, technical considerations, intra and postprocedural complications are presented and the advantages and disadvantages of the two procedures are discussed, based on the relevant articles in the literature...
March 2018: Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712597/esophageal-resection-for-end-stage-achalasia
#7
REVIEW
Alberto Aiolfi, Emanuele Asti, Gianluca Bonitta, Stefano Siboni, Luigi Bonavina
Achalasia is a rare disease characterized by impaired lower esophageal sphincter relaxation loss and of peristalsis in the esophageal body. Endoscopic balloon dilation and laparoscopic surgical myotomy have been established as initial treatment modalities. Indications and outcomes of esophagectomy in the management of end-stage achalasia are less defined. A literature search was conducted to identify all reports on esophagectomy for end-stage achalasia between 1987 and 2017. MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane databases were consulted matching the terms "achalasia," "end-stage achalasia," "esophagectomy," and "esophageal resection...
April 1, 2018: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712596/the-treatment-of-achalasia-in-obese-patients
#8
REVIEW
Julie A Wesp, Timothy M Farrell
Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that obesity is frequently associated with esophageal motility disorders. Morbid obesity and achalasia may coexist in the same patient. The management of the morbidly obese patient with achalasia is complex and the most effective treatment remains controversial. The aim of this study is to review the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of achalasia in morbidly obese patients. EVIDENCE REVIEW: PubMed search from January 1990 to July 2017, including the following terms: achalasia, morbid obesity, bariatric, and treatment...
April 1, 2018: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712593/laparoscopic-heller-myotomy-and-fundoplication-what-is-the-evidence
#9
REVIEW
Fabrizio Rebecchi, Marco E Allaix, Francisco Schlottmann, Marco G Patti, Mario Morino
There is no agreement about the best type of fundoplication to add in patients undergoing laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) for achalasia to reduce the risk of postoperative gastroesophageal reflux. This article reviews the current evidence about the outcomes in achalasia patients undergoing LHM with a partial anterior, a partial posterior, or a total fundoplication. We performed a review of the literature in PubMed/Medline electronic databases, which was evaluated according to the GRADE system. The results of the published randomized controlled trials show with a high level of evidence that the addition of a fundoplication reduces the risk of postoperative abnormal reflux, without impairing the food emptying of the esophagus...
April 1, 2018: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29580341/laparoscopic-heller-myotomy-with-anterior-fundoplication-improves-frequency-and-severity-of-symptoms-of-achalasia-regardless-of-preoperative-severity-determined-by-esophagography
#10
Alexander Rosemurgy, Darrell Downs, Kenneth Luberice, Christian Rodriguez, Forat Swaid, Krishen Patel, Paul Toomey, Sharona Ross
This study was undertaken to determine whether postoperative outcomes after laparoscopic Heller myotomy with anterior fundoplication could be predicted by preoperative findings on esophagography. Preoperative barium esophagograms of 135 patients undergoing laparoscopic Heller myotomy with anterior fundoplication were reviewed. The number of esophageal curves, esophageal width, and angulation of the gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) were determined; correlations between these determined parameters and symptoms were assessed using linear regression analysis...
February 1, 2018: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29529126/a-concise-review-of-opioid-induced-esophageal-dysfunction-is-this-a-new-clinical-entity
#11
V Ortiz, M García-Campos, E Sáez-González, P delPozo, V Garrigues
Opioids have become the most widely prescribed analgesics in Western countries. Opioid-induced bowel dysfunction is a widely known adverse effect, with constipation the most common manifestation. Most of the opioid-related effects occur in the stomach, small intestine, and colon and have been widely studied. However, the effects related to esophageal motility are less known. Recently published retrospective studies have suggested that long-term use of opioids can cause esophageal motility dysfunction, reflecting symptoms similar to motility disorders, such as achalasia and functional esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction...
May 1, 2018: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29509532/high-resolution-manometry-a-mandatory-examination-in-the-pre-and-postoperative-assessment-of-patients-with-achalasia
#12
Anca Dimitriu, Cristian Gheorghe
High resolution manometry (HRM) is currently the gold standard for the diagnosis of achalasia and other functional esophageal disorders. All patients accusing dysphagia should be endoscopically evaluated prior to manometric investigations in order to rule out pseudoachalasia. The Chicago HRM classification has led to a subclassification of three manometric types of achalasia that seem to have different results to treatment. None of the actual achalasia treatment options are curative. Type II achalasia patients respond best to all treatment options compared to those with types I and III...
January 2018: Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29506341/retention-esophagitis-as-a-significant-clinical-predictor-of-progression-to-esophageal-cancer-in-achalasia
#13
Haewon Kim, Hyojin Park, HeeSeung Choi, Yooju Shin, Hyunsung Park, Young Hoon Youn, Jie-Hyun Kim
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic liquid and/or food stasis caused by retention esophagitis (RE) in achalasia is a notable endoscopic finding because of the presence of a thickened or whitish esophageal mucosa and histologically altered squamous hyperplasia. We aimed to identify the clinical features of RE associated with achalasia and to clarify the clinical definition of RE in achalasia as a precancerous lesion identified by analyzing biomarker expressions. METHODS: From 2006 to 2015, we retrospectively reviewed 37 patients with achalasia without previous treatment...
March 2018: Clinical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440962/focal-achalasia-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#14
Marcus Joachim Herzig, Radu Tutuian
Esophageal achalasia is a primary smooth muscle motility disorder specified by aperistalsis of the tubular esophagus in combination with a poorly relaxing and occasionally hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter (LES). These changes occur secondary to the destruction of the neural network coordinating esophageal peristalsis and LES relaxation (plexus myentericus). There are limited data on segmental involvement of the esophagus in adults. We report on the case of a 54-year-old man who presented initially with complete aperistalsis limited to the distal esophagus...
2018: Clujul Medical (1957)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439587/clinical-management-of-pediatric-achalasia
#15
Marinde van Lennep, Michiel P van Wijk, Taher I M Omari, Marc A Benninga, Maartje M J Singendonk
Achalasia is a rare esophageal motility disorder. Much of the literature is based on the adult population. In adults, guidance of therapeutic approach by manometric findings has led to improvement in patient outcome. Promising results have been achieved with novel therapies such as PerOral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM). Areas covered: In this review, we provide an overview of the novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools for achalasia management and in what way they will relate to the future management of pediatric achalasia...
April 2018: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29410262/laparoscopic-heller-myotomy-vs-per-oral-endoscopic-myotomy-patient-reported-outcomes-at-a-single-institution
#16
Andrew N Hanna, Jashodeep Datta, Sara Ginzberg, Kevin Dasher, Gregory G Ginsberg, Daniel T Dempsey
BACKGROUND: Although laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) has been the standard of care for achalasia, per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) has gained popularity as a viable alternative. This retrospective study aimed to compare patient-reported outcomes between LHM and POEM in a consecutive series of achalasia patients with more than 1 year of follow-up. STUDY DESIGN: We reviewed demographic and procedure-related data for patients who underwent either LHM or POEM for achalasia between January 2011 and May 2016...
April 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406039/the-effect-of-race-in-patients-with-achalasia-diagnosed-with-high-resolution-esophageal-manometry
#17
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Victor Chedid, Elizabeth Rosenblatt, Kunjal Komal Gandhi, Sameer Dhalla, Monica C Nandwani, Ellen M Stein, John O Clarke
BACKGROUND: The advent of the Chicago Classification for esophageal motility disorders allowed for clinically reproducible subgrouping of patients with achalasia based on manometric phenotype. However, there are limited data with regards to racial variation using high-resolution esophageal manometry (HREM). The aim of our study was to evaluate the racial differences in patients with achalasia diagnosed with HREM using the Chicago Classification. We evaluated the clinical presentation, treatment decisions and outcomes between blacks and non-blacks with achalasia to identify potential racial disparities...
February 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29380066/outcomes-and-quality-of-life-assessment-after-per-oral-endoscopic-myotomy-poem-performed-in-the-endoscopy-unit-with-trainees
#18
Sunil Dacha, Lei Wang, Xaioyu Li, Yueping Jiang, George Philips, Steven A Keilin, Field F Willingham, Qiang Cai
BACKGROUND: Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) has emerged as a promising option for the treatment of achalasia. This study assessed POEM training process, outcomes, and improvement in quality of life after POEM performed by an interventional endoscopist (mentor) with trainees. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of data for patients who underwent POEM with involvement of trainees. Trainees were trained in performing mucosotomy, submucosal dissection, creating submucosal tunnel, identifying gastroesophageal junction, myotomy, and closure of mucosal incision in a step-by-step fashion...
January 29, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29377271/-management-of-achalasia-cardia-expert-consensus-statements
#19
REVIEW
Mohan Ramchandani, D Nageshwar Reddy, Zaheer Nabi, Radhika Chouhan, Amol Bapaye, Shobhna Bhatia, Nilay Mehta, Pankaj Dhawan, Adarsh Chaudhary, Uday Ghoshal, Mathew Philip, Horst Neuhaus, Jacques Deviere, Haruhiro Inoue
Achalasia cardia (AC) is a frequently encountered motility disorder of the esophagus resulting from an irreversible degeneration of neurons. Treatment modalities are palliative in nature and there is no curative treatment available for AC as of now. Significant advancements have been made in the management of AC over last decade. The introduction of high resolution manometry (HRM) and per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) have strengthened the diagnostic and therapeutic armamentarium of AC. HRM allows for the characterization of the type of achalasia which in turn has important therapeutic implications...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29356303/rapid-drink-challenge-test-during-esophageal-high-resolution-manometry-in-patients-with-esophago-gastric-junction-outflow-obstruction
#20
D Biasutto, F Mion, A Garros, S Roman
BACKGROUND: Esophago-gastric junction (EGJ) outflow obstruction is of unclear significance. Rapid drink challenge (RDC) test is easy to perform during esophageal high resolution manometry. We aimed to assess the yield of RDC test in patients with EGJ outflow obstruction. METHODS: Manometry studies of patients with EGJ outflow obstruction according to the Chicago Classification v3.0 were retrospectively reviewed. Pan-esophageal pressurization (PEP), esophageal shortening, and pressure gradient across the EGJ were analyzed during RDC test (200-mL free drinking in sitting position) and compared according to the causes of EGJ outflow obstruction determined by charts review...
January 22, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
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