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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429200/achalasia-it-is-not-all-black-and-white
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REVIEW
Santosh Sanagapalli, Rami Sweis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to shed light on subtleties of achalasia diagnosis, including potential pitfalls that may lead to errors. Optimal methods for assessment of disease severity and the relationship between achalasia and other motility disorders will also be reviewed with an emphasis on recent findings from the literature. RECENT FINDINGS: Adjunctive testing with viscous substances or larger water volumes should be used routinely as it improves the accuracy of achalasia diagnosis...
June 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426463/treatments-for-achalasia-in-2017-how-to-choose-among-them
#2
Peter J Kahrilas, John E Pandolfino
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review recent advances in achalasia diagnostics and therapeutics. RECENT FINDINGS: The cardinal feature of achalasia, impaired lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxation, can occur in association with varied patterns of esophageal contractility. The Chicago Classification distinguishes among these as follows: without contractility (type I), with panesophageal pressurization (type II), with premature (spastic) distal esophageal contractions (type III), or even with preserved peristalsis [esophagogastric junction (EGJ) outlet obstruction]...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375450/patient-reported-outcome-measures-in-dysphagia-a-systematic-review-of-instrument-development-and-validation
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D A Patel, R Sharda, K L Hovis, E E Nichols, N Sathe, D F Penson, I D Feurer, M L McPheeters, M F Vaezi, David O Francis
OBJECTIVE: Patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures are commonly used to capture patient experience with dysphagia and to evaluate treatment effectiveness. Inappropriate application can lead to distorted results in clinical studies. A systematic review of the literature on dysphagia-related PRO measures was performed to (1) identify all currently available measures and (2) to evaluate each for the presence of important measurement properties that would affect their applicability. DESIGN: MEDLINE via the PubMed interface, the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and the Health and Psychosocial Instrument database were searched using relevant vocabulary terms and key terms related to PRO measures and dysphagia...
May 1, 2017: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361839/peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-achieves-similar-clinical-response-but-incurs-lesser-charges-compared-to-robotic-heller-myotomy
#4
Mouen A Khashab, Vivek Kumbhari, Alan H Tieu, Mohamad H El Zein, Amr Ismail, Saowanee Ngamruengphong, Vikesh K Singh, Anthony N Kalloo, John O Clarke, Ellen M Stein
BACKGROUND/AIM: Several uncontrolled studies comparing peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) and Heller myotomy have demonstrated equivalent short-term efficacy and safety. However, no data exists rergarding the cost of POEM and how it compares to that of robotic Heller myotomy (RHM). The primary aim of this study was to compare the inpatient charges incurred in patients who underwent POEM or RHM for the treatment of achalasia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective single center review was conducted among 52 consecutive POEM patients (2012-2014) and 52 consecutive RHM patients (2009-2014)...
March 2017: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351117/clinical-characteristics-of-patients-with-untreated-achalasia
#5
Han Ho Jeon, Jie-Hyun Kim, Young Hoon Youn, Hyojin Park, Jeffrey L Conklin
Background/Aims: Patients with untreated achalasia frequently complain of heartburn and regurgitation. The diagnosis of achalasia might be delayed because these symptoms are misinterpreted as gastroesophageal reflux. We aim to evaluate the clinical presentation, radiologic, and manometric findings in patient untreated achalasia. Methods: The records of patients diagnosed with primary achalasia between July 2004 and January 2012 at Gangnam Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea were evaluated...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350752/the-yield-of-endoscopic-investigation-for-unintentional-weight-loss
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Naim Abu-Freha, Yotam Lior, Shira Shoher, Victor Novack, Alexander Fich, Alexander Rosenthal, Ohad Etzion
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the yield of endoscopic evaluation in isolated unintentional weight loss (UWL) patients compared with patients with weight loss and additional symptoms or signs. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of all patients who underwent an endoscopic evaluation for the investigation of UWL at Soroka University Medical Center between 2006 and 2012. Data on clinical indication, endoscopic, and laboratory finding were retrieved...
May 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319561/pediatric-enteric-neuropathies-diagnosis-and-current-management
#7
Maggie L Westfal, Allan M Goldstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neurointestinal diseases are increasingly recognized as causes of significant gastrointestinal morbidity in children. This review highlights the most common pediatric enteric neuropathies and their diagnosis and management, emphasizing insights and discoveries from the most recent literature available. RECENT FINDINGS: The embryologic and histopathologic causes of enteric neuropathies are varied. They range from congenital aganglionosis in Hirschsprung disease, to autoimmune-mediated loss of neuronal subtypes in esophageal achalasia and Chagas disease, to degenerative neuropathies in some cases of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction and gastroparesis...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300325/the-case-of-self-resolving-type-iii-achalasia-after-bilateral-lung-transplant
#8
P Aggarwal, V Bansal, N Aggarwal, Z Arora, S Murthy, S Gabbard
BACKGROUND: Post-surgical achalasia has been previously described in large case series but there are limited data on the natural progression of the disease process. In general, achalasia is considered an "incurable" disease as per published guidelines. We present here, the first report of a patient with post-surgical achalasia which resolved spontaneously. METHODS: This is a retrospective chart review. KEY RESULTS: A 60-year-old male presented for dysphagia 3 months status post-bilateral lung transplant and was diagnosed with achalasia following positive manometry...
March 16, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275309/esophagogastric-junction-distensibility-assessed-using-the-functional-lumen-imaging-probe
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Joan W Chen, Joel H Rubenstein
AIM: To assess reference values in the literature for esophageal distensibility and cross-sectional area in healthy and diseased subjects measured by the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP). METHODS: Systematic search and review of articles in Medline and Embase pertaining to the use of FLIP in the esophagus was conducted in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines. Cross-sectional area and distensibility at the esophagogastric junction (EGJ) were abstracted for normal subjects, achalasia, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) patients, stratified by balloon length and volume of inflation...
February 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265971/application-of-the-functional-lumen-imaging-probe-to-esophageal-disorders
#10
REVIEW
Dustin A Carlson, Ikuo Hirano
The functional luminal imaging probe (FLIP) provides a novel method to evaluate esophageal physiology and function in both health and disease. FLIP enables assessment of a previously underexplored component of esophageal function, distensibility, by utilizing high-resolution impedance planimetry to evaluate the relationship of the esophageal luminal geometry with pressure during controlled volumetric distension. Recent studies have described the potential utility of FLIP to evaluate the severity and effectiveness of therapy for esophageal diseases including achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis...
March 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260955/peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-procedural-complications-and-pain-management-for-the-perioperative-clinician
#11
Lopa Misra, Norio Fukami, Katarina Nikolic, Terrence L Trentman
Achalasia refers to the lack of smooth muscle relaxation of the distal esophagus. Although nonsurgical treatments such as pneumatic dilatation of the distal esophagus and botulinum toxin injections have been performed, these procedures have limited duration. Similarly, surgical treatment with Heller myotomy is associated with complications. At our institution, we perform the peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) in qualified patients. Briefly, POEM involves endoscopic creation of a mid-esophageal submucosal bleb, creation of a submucosal tunnel with the endoscope, and then a distal myotomy, resulting in relaxation of the distal esophagus...
2017: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246477/can-patients-determine-the-level-of-their-dysphagia
#12
Hafiz Hamad Ashraf, Joanne Palmer, Harry Richard Dalton, Carolyn Waters, Thomas Luff, Madeline Strugnell, Iain Alexander Murray
AIM: To determine if patients can localise dysphagia level determined endoscopically or radiologically and association of gender, age, level and pathology. METHODS: Retrospective review of consecutive patients presenting to dysphagia hotline between March 2004 and March 2015 was carried out. Demographics, clinical history and investigation findings were recorded including patient perception of obstruction level (pharyngeal, mid sternal or low sternal) was documented and the actual level of obstruction found on endoscopic or radiological examination (if any) was noted...
February 14, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220362/the-role-of-impedance-planimetry-in-the-evaluation-of-esophageal-disorders
#13
REVIEW
Nitin K Ahuja, John O Clarke
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Impedance planimetry measures tissue wall distensibility as a function of pressure and cross-sectional area. Recent interest in this technique's relevance to the gastrointestinal tract has been accelerated by the availability of the functional lumen imaging probe, a catheter-based system that dynamically quantitates these biomechanical properties. Herein, we review the device's particular utility in the setting of esophageal pathology, including processes affecting the esophageal body as well as the upper and lower esophageal sphincters...
February 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212976/functional-lumen-imaging-probe-for-the-management-of-esophageal-disorders-expert-review-from-the-clinical-practice-updates-committee-of-the-aga-institute
#14
REVIEW
Ikuo Hirano, John E Pandolfino, Guy E Boeckxstaens
The functional luminal imaging probe is a Food and Drug Administration-approved measurement tool used to measure simultaneous pressure and diameter to guide management of various upper gastrointestinal disorders. Additionally, this tool is also approved to guide therapy during bariatric procedures and specialized esophageal surgery. Although it has been commercially available since 2009 as the endolumenal functional lumen imaging probe (EndoFLIP), the functional luminal imaging probe has had limited penetrance into clinical settings outside of specialized centers...
March 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207499/laparoscopic-heller-myotomy-is-not-superior-to-pneumatic-dilation-in-the-management-of-primary-achalasia-conclusions-of-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#15
REVIEW
Ji-Wei Cheng, Yin Li, Wen-Qun Xing, Hong-Wei Lv, Hao-Ran Wang
BACKGROUND: Achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder, of unknown cause, which results in increased lower esophageal sphincter tone and symptoms of difficulty swallowing. Current major therapeutic options include laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) and pneumatic dilation (PD). We undertake a systematic review comparing the efficacy and safety of these 2 treatments in the treatment of esophageal achalasia. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched for randomized controlled trial investigating LHM versus PD in the treatment of primary achalasia...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188367/current-status-of-achalasia-management-a-review-on-diagnosis-and-treatment
#16
REVIEW
Joshua Tuason, Haruhiro Inoue
BACKGROUND: Achalasia is a rare esophageal motility disorder that is characterized by loss of peristalsis and failure of relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), particularly during swallowing. This review focuses on the diagnosis of esophageal motility disorders as defined by the Chicago Classification ver 3.0, and presents management options with regard to per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) as the treatment of choice. METHODS: A concise review of literature was performed for articles related to the management of achalasia, and this was contrasted with our institution's current practice...
April 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180937/guidelines-for-the-management-of-postoperative-obstructive-symptoms-in-children-with-hirschsprung-disease
#17
REVIEW
J C Langer, M D Rollins, M Levitt, A Gosain, L de la Torre, R P Kapur, R A Cowles, J Horton, D H Rothstein, A M Goldstein
Although most children with Hirschsprung disease ultimately do well, many experience a variety of ongoing problems after pull-through surgery. The most common include obstructive symptoms, soiling, enterocolitis and failure to thrive. The purpose of this guideline is to present a rational approach to the management of postoperative obstructive symptoms in children with Hirschsprung disease. The American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Governors established a Hirschsprung Disease Interest Group. Group discussions, literature review and expert consensus were then used to summarize the current state of knowledge regarding causes, methods of diagnosis, and treatment approaches to children with obstructive symptoms following pull-through for Hirschsprung disease...
May 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178581/inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-of-mediastinum-with-esophageal-and-bronchial-invasion-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Vineet Gorolay, Bronwyn Jones
We report a case of inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of the posterior mediastinum and describe radiological features demonstrated on fluoro-esophagogram, computed tomography and positron-emission tomography. Fluoroscopic video-esophagogram was remarkable for an unusual polypoid lesion associated with partial esophageal obstruction and features of secondary achalasia. Computed tomography (CT) examination demonstrated coarse calcifications and air pockets, while unusual clinical features included an intraluminal esophageal lesion and local recurrence with endobronchial lesion...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148574/peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-a-literature-review-and-the-first-uk-case-series
#19
Shraddha Gulati, Andrew Emmanuel, Haruhiro Inoue, Bu'Hussain Hayee, Amyn Haji
Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is an established treatment for primary achalasia. It has gained endorsement from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy with increasing clinical acceptance since the first procedure, performed in Japan in 2008. The first successful POEM in the UK was performed in November 2013 at King's College Hospital and this article presents the first UK case series. Prospective data were collected at 3 and 12-24 months for consecutive patients undergoing POEM. Post-POEM gastro-oesophageal reflux health-related quality of life scale (GORD-HRQoL) score was recorded...
February 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116675/anesthetic-considerations-for-patients-with-esophageal-achalasia-undergoing-peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-a-retrospective-case-series-review
#20
Benjamin Löser, Yuki B Werner, Mark A Punke, Bernd Saugel, Sebastian Haas, Daniel A Reuter, Oliver Mann, Anna Duprée, Guido Schachschal, Thomas Rösch, Martin Petzoldt
PURPOSE: Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a novel technique for treating esophageal achalasia. During POEM, carbon dioxide (CO2) is insufflated to aid surgical dissection, but it may inadvertently track into surrounding tissues, causing systemic CO2 uptake and tension capnoperitoneum. This in turn may affect cardiorespiratory function. This study quantified these cardiorespiratory effects and treatment by hyperventilation and percutaneous abdominal needle decompression (PND). METHODS: One hundred and seventy-three consecutive patients who underwent POEM were included in this four-year retrospective study...
May 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
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