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P Rodríguez Iglesias, V Ibáñez Pradas, A Alamar Velázquez, I Ibáñez Alcañiz, M Couselo Jerez
INTRODUCTION: The cricopharyngeal achalasia is an esophageal motor disorder that entails a lack of relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter. It is rare in children and its etiology is related to multiple factors. The symptoms are nonspecific and may be masked by other diseases. CLINICAL CASE: Report two infants with dysphagia and choking episodes. Upper gastrointestinal series confirmed cricopharyngeal achalasia. The first patient was treated with endoscopic dilatation, and did not require further therapies...
January 15, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
Da Hyun Jung, Hyojin Park
Achalasia and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are on opposite ends of the spectrum of lower esophageal sphincter dysfunction. Heartburn is the main symptom of GERD. However, heartburn and regurgitation are frequently observed in patients who have achalasia. The diagnosis of achalasia might be delayed because these symptoms are misinterpreted as gastroesophageal reflux. Here, we reviewed the clinical characteristics of patients with the erroneous diagnosis of GERD who actually had untreated achalasia.
October 22, 2016: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
Rupa Banerjee, Alpana Prasad, Vivek Kumar, Nishant Wadhwa
BACKGROUND: Achalasia is extremely rare in infants. CASE CHARACTERISTICS: We report three infants of age 9, 7 and 12 months, who presented with recurrent non-bilious vomiting, repeated chest infection and severe failure to thrive. Diagnosis of achalasia cardia was confirmed on contrast-swallow study. Hellers cardiomyotomy with fundoplication led to complete symptomatic relief, and weight-gain on follow-up. MESSAGE: Achalasia cardia is often misdiagnosed as gastroesophageal reflux disease which leads to significant delay in diagnosis and increased morbidity...
September 8, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
E Ten Velde, B C Gonera-de Jong
In this case report we discuss two children with dysphagia. Both presented with difficulties in swallowing and oesophageal impaction of solid food. The first case involves a 16-year-old boy who suffered from dysphagia for many years. After a long diagnostic journey, during which a psychogenic cause was suspected, he was diagnosed with oesophageal achalasia. After a balloon dilatation of the lower oesophageal sphincter his complaints persisted and the treatment procedure was repeated. The second case involves a 15-year-old girl, who presented with a food impaction in the distal oesophagus...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Amy Tyberg, Stefan Seewald, Reem Z Sharaiha, Guadalupe Martinez, Amit P Desai, Nikhil A Kumta, Arnon Lambroza, Amrita Sethi, Kevin M Reavis, Ketisha DeRoche, Monica Gaidhane, Michael Talbot, Payal Saxena, Felipe Zamarripa, Maximilien Barret, Nicholas Eleftheriadis, Valerio Balassone, Haruhiro Inoue, Michel Kahaleh
BACKGROUND: Per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) has become an accepted treatment for patients with achalasia. Despite its excellent efficacy rate of greater than 80%, a small percentage of patients remain symptomatic postprocedure. Limited data exist as to the best management for recurrence of symptoms after POEM. We present the first international, multicenter experience on the efficacy and safety of a repeat POEM in the management of achalasia. METHODS: Patients who underwent a redo POEM from 15 centers in 9 countries were included in a dedicated registry...
October 15, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Fernando A M Herbella, Eduardo G H Moura, Marco G Patti
The treatment for achalasia changed dramatically after the introduction of minimally invasive surgery. Since 1991, laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) has replaced pneumatic dilatation (PD) as the primary form of treatment in many centers. Over time, PD became safer, and eventually endoscopic experts were able to perform an endoscopic myotomy via a per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). This article reviews the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. Ultimately, the best outcomes are obtained by a multidisciplinary team that can tailor a specific treatment to each individual patient...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
Samuel Torres-Landa, Janette Furuzawa-Carballeda, Enrique Coss-Adame, Miguel A Valdovinos, Edgar Alejandro-Medrano, Bárbara Ramos-Ávalos, Braulio Martínez-Benítez, Gonzalo Torres-Villalobos
The aim of the study was to characterize the presence of diverse CD4 and CD8 T cell subsets and regulatory cells in peripheral blood and lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) from a young patient with BE/achalasia without treatment versus achalasia group. In order to characterize the circulating cells in this patient, a cytometric analysis was performed. LES tissue was evaluated by double-immunostaining procedure. Five healthy blood donors, 5 type achalasia patients, and 5 oesophagus tissue samples (gastrooesophageal junction) from transplant donors were included as control groups...
2016: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Tessa Verlaan, Fraukje A M Ponds, Barbara A J Bastiaansen, Albert J Bredenoord, Paul Fockens
: Background and aims: After Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM), the mucosal incision is closed with endoscopically applied clips. After each clip placement, a subsequent clipping device has to be introduced through the working channel. With the Clipmaster3, three consecutive clips can be placed without reloading which could reduce closure time. We performed a prospective study evaluating efficacy, safety, and ease of use. Closure using Clipmaster3 was compared to closure with standard clips...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Amit Patel, C Prakash Gyawali
The utilization of impedance technology has enhanced our understanding and assessment of esophageal dysmotility. Esophageal high-resolution manometry (HRM) catheters incorporated with multiple impedance electrodes help assess esophageal bolus transit, and the combination is termed high-resolution impedance manometry (HRIM). Novel metrics have been developed with HRIM-including esophageal impedance integral ratio, bolus flow time, nadir impedance pressure, and impedance bolus height-that augments the assessment of esophageal bolus transit...
November 2016: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Dustin A Carlson, Peter J Kahrilas, Zhiyue Lin, Ikuo Hirano, Nirmala Gonsalves, Zoe Listernick, Katherine Ritter, Michael Tye, Fraukje A Ponds, Ian Wong, John E Pandolfino
OBJECTIVES: Esophagogastric junction (EGJ) distensibility and distension-mediated peristalsis can be assessed with the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP) during a sedated upper endoscopy. We aimed to describe esophageal motility assessment using FLIP topography in patients presenting with dysphagia. METHODS: In all, 145 patients (aged 18-85 years, 54% female) with dysphagia that completed upper endoscopy with a 16-cm FLIP assembly and high-resolution manometry (HRM) were included...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Paolo Mazzola, Francesca Carissimi, Patrizia Floris, Francesca Pittella, Marianna Galeazzi, Daniela Moretti, Giuseppe Bellelli, Marco Dinelli, Giorgio Annoni
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 6, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Stanisław Pieczarkowski, Marek Woynarowski, Piotr Landowski, Robert Wilk, Adam Daukszewicz, Ewa Toporowska-Kowalska, Piotr Albrecht, Iwona Ignys, Elżbieta Czkwianianc, Elżbieta Jarocka-Cyrta, Bartosz Korczowski
INTRODUCTION: Oesophageal strictures are rare in children but may require endoscopic dilation. AIM: To gather information on centres performing endoscopic oesophageal dilation in Poland. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The data were obtained from questionnaires concerning the relevant data mailed to 22 paediatric endoscopy centres. Completed questionnaires were received from 11 centres. RESULTS: In 2010 the 11 Polish paediatric endoscopy centres performed a total of 10,650 endoscopic procedures...
2016: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
Katrin Koehler, Miroslav P Milev, Keshika Prematilake, Felix Reschke, Susann Kutzner, Ramona Jühlen, Dana Landgraf, Eda Utine, Filiz Hazan, Gulden Diniz, Markus Schuelke, Angela Huebner, Michael Sacher
BACKGROUND: Triple A syndrome (MIM #231550) is associated with mutations in the AAAS gene. However, about 30% of patients with triple A syndrome symptoms but an unresolved diagnosis do not harbour mutations in AAAS. OBJECTIVE: Search for novel genetic defects in families with a triple A-like phenotype in whom AAAS mutations are not detected. METHODS: Genome-wide linkage analysis, whole-exome sequencing and functional analyses were used to discover and verify a novel genetic defect in two families with achalasia, alacrima, myopathy and further symptoms...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
N Nakajima, H Sato, K Takahashi, G Hasegawa, K Mizuno, S Hashimoto, Y Sato, S Terai
BACKGROUND: Histopathology of muscularis externa in primary esophageal motility disorders has been characterized previously. We aimed to correlate the results of high-resolution manometry with those of histopathology. METHODS: During peroral endoscopic myotomy, peroral esophageal muscle biopsy was performed in patients with primary esophageal motility disorders. Immunohistochemical staining for c-kit was performed to assess the interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs)...
October 3, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Helle Ø Kristensen, Jakob Kirkegård, Daniel Willy Kjær, Frank Viborg Mortensen, Rastislav Kunda, Niels Christian Bjerregaard
BACKGROUND: Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is an emerging procedure in the treatment of esophageal achalasia, a primary motility disorder. However, the long-term outcome of POEM in patients, who have previously undergone a Heller myotomy, is unknown. METHODS: Using a local database, we identified patients with esophageal achalasia, who underwent POEM. We compared patients with a previous Heller myotomy to those, who had received none or only non-surgical therapy prior to the POEM procedure...
October 3, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Dustin A Carlson, Zhiyue Lin, Peter J Kahrilas, Joel Sternbach, Eric S Hungness, Nathaniel J Soper, Michelle Balla, Zoe Listernick, Michael Tye, Katherine Ritter, Jenna Craft, Jody D Ciolino, John E Pandolfino
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the value of novel high-resolution impedance manometry (HRIM) metrics, bolus flow time (BFT), and esophagogastric junction (EGJ) contractile integral (CI), as well as EGJ pressure (EGJP) and the integrated relaxation pressure (IRP), as indicators of treatment response in achalasia. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 75 patients (ages 19-81, 32 female) with achalasia during follow-up after pneumatic dilation or myotomy with Eckardt score (ES), timed-barium esophagram (TBE), and HRIM...
October 4, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Brande Brown, Levon Agdere, Cornelia Muntean, Karen David
BACKGROUND Allgrove syndrome, or triple "A" syndrome (3A syndrome), is a rare autosomal recessive syndrome with variable phenotype, and an estimated prevalence of 1 per 1,000,000 individuals. Patients usually display the triad of achalasia, alacrima, and adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) insensitive adrenal insufficiency, though the presentation is inconsistent. CASE REPORT Here, the authors report a case of Allgrove syndrome in a pediatric patient with delayed diagnosis in order to raise awareness of this potentially fatal disease as a differential diagnosis of alacrima...
October 4, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
P W Hamer, R H Holloway, R Heddle, P G Devitt, G Kiroff, C Burgstad, S K Thompson
BACKGROUND: Achalasia can be subdivided into manometric subtypes according to the Chicago classification. These subtypes are proposed to predict outcome after treatment. This hypothesis was tested using a database of patients who underwent laparoscopic Heller's cardiomyotomy with anterior fundoplication. METHODS: All patients who underwent Heller's cardiomyotomy for achalasia between June 1993 and March 2015 were identified from an institutional database. Manometry tracings were retrieved and re-reported according the Chicago classification...
October 3, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
Mario Masrur, Luis Fernando Gonzalez-Ciccarelli, Pier C Giulianotti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 4, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
Tsung-Shih Li, Tsung-Yang Lee, Kate Hsiurong Liao
More and more endoscopically gastrointestinal procedures require anesthesiologists to perform general anesthesia, such as "peroral endoscopic myotomy". Peroral endoscopic myotomy is a novel invasive treatment for the primary motility disorder of esophagus, called esophageal achalasia. Despite of its minimally invasive feature, there are still complications during the procedure which develop to critical conditions and threat patients' lives. Herein we describe a case about tension pneumothorax subsequent to esophageal rupture during peroral endoscopic myotomy...
September 27, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
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