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T H Taft, J R Triggs, D A Carlson, L Guadagnoli, K N Tomasino, L Keefer, J E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Oesophageal hypervigilance and anxiety can drive symptom experience in chronic oesophageal conditions, including gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, achalasia and functional oesophageal disorders. To date, no validated self-report measure exists to evaluate oesophageal hypervigilance and anxiety. AIMS: This study aims to develop a brief and reliable questionnaire assessing these constructs, the oesophageal hypervigilance and anxiety scale (EHAS). METHODS: Questions for the EHAS were drawn from 4 existing validated measures that assessed hypervigilance and anxiety adapted for the oesophagus...
March 12, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Anne C Knol, Jean-Michel Nguyen, Marie-Christine Pandolfino, Marc G Denis, Amir Khammari, Brigitte Dréno
Prognostic biomarkers for melanoma patients after lymph node resection are of clinical relevance and could thus enable the identification of patients who therefore would most benefit from adjuvant treatment. The aim of this work was to determine, using an in vitro model, whether immune-related biomarkers such as MHC-class I and II, melanoma associated antigens, IDO1 and PD-L1, could also be relevant to predict the risk of relapse of stage III melanoma patients after lymph node resection. We established tumor cell lines from metastatic lymph nodes of 50 melanoma patients...
March 5, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
C Prakash Gyawali, Peter J Kahrilas, Edoardo Savarino, Frank Zerbib, Francois Mion, André J P M Smout, Michael Vaezi, Daniel Sifrim, Mark R Fox, Marcelo F Vela, Radu Tutuian, Jan Tack, Albert J Bredenoord, John Pandolfino, Sabine Roman
Clinical history, questionnaire data and response to antisecretory therapy are insufficient to make a conclusive diagnosis of GERD in isolation, but are of value in determining need for further investigation. Conclusive evidence for reflux on oesophageal testing include advanced grade erosive oesophagitis (LA grades C and D), long-segment Barrett's mucosa or peptic strictures on endoscopy or distal oesophageal acid exposure time (AET) >6% on ambulatory pH or pH-impedance monitoring. A normal endoscopy does not exclude GERD, but provides supportive evidence refuting GERD in conjunction with distal AET <4% and <40 reflux episodes on pH-impedance monitoring off proton pump inhibitors...
February 3, 2018: Gut
Laurie Keefer, Olafur S Palsson, John E Pandolfino
Chronic digestive diseases including irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease and inflammatory bowel diseases cannot be disentangled from their psychological context-the substantial burden of these diseases is co-determined by symptom and disease severity and the ability of patients to cope with their symptoms without significant interruption to daily life. The growing field of psychogastroenterology focuses on the application of scientifically-based psychological principles and techniques to the alleviation of digestive symptoms...
January 31, 2018: Gastroenterology
Rena Yadlapati, Jenna Craft, Christopher J Adkins, John E Pandolfino
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January 30, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dustin A Carlson, Peter J Kahrilas, Katherine Ritter, Zhiyue Lin, John E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Repetitive, retrograde contractions (RRCs) in response to sustained esophageal distension are a distinct contractility pattern observed with functional luminal imaging probe (FLIP) panometry that are common in type III (spastic) achalasia. RRCs are hypothesized to be indicative of either impaired inhibitory innervation or esophageal outflow obstruction. We aimed to apply FLIP panometry to patients with post-fundoplication dysphagia (a model of esophageal obstruction) to explore mechanisms behind RRCs...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
D A Carlson, Z Lin, W Kou, J E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Novel high-resolution impedance manometry (HRIM) metrics of bolus flow time (BFT) and esophageal impedance integral (EII) ratio have demonstrated clinical utility, though the reliability of their analysis has not been assessed. We aimed to evaluate the inter-rater agreement of the BFT and EII ratio. METHODS: HRIM studies including five upright, liquid swallows from 40 adult patients were analyzed by two raters using a customized MATLAB program to generate the BFT and EII ratio...
January 11, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
T H Taft, D A Carlson, J Triggs, J Craft, K Starkey, R Yadlapati, D Gregory, J E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Achalasia is a disease of mechanical esophageal dysfunction characterized by dysphagia, chest pain, regurgitation, and malnutrition. The Eckardt symptom score (ESS) is the gold standard self-report assessment tool. Current guidelines outline a three-step approach to patient reported outcomes measure design. Developed prior to these policies, the ESS has not undergone rigorous testing of its reliability and validity. METHODS: Adult achalasia patients retrospectively identified via a patient registry were grouped based on treatment history...
January 8, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Y Xiao, D A Carlson, Z Lin, N Alhalel, J E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that symptoms in Jackhammer esophagus (JH) are associated with an imbalance between the prepeak and postpeak phases of contraction. Thus, we developed a method to distinguish the contractile integral components of prepeak and postpeak phase contractile activity to determine the contribution of each phase and their association with dysphagia. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with JH were enrolled and compared to controls. The first five intact swallows during manometry were analyzed...
November 29, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Dustin A Carlson, Claire A Beveridge, Zhiyue Lin, Michelle Balla, Dyanna Gregory, Michael Tye, Katherine Ritter, Peter J Kahrilas, John E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Esophageal retention is typically evaluated by timed barium esophagram in patients treated for achalasia. Esophageal bolus clearance can also be evaluated using high-resolution impedance manometry. We evaluated the associations of conventional and novel high-resolution impedance manometry metrics, esophagram, and patient-reported outcomes (PRO) in achalasia. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 70 patients with achalasia (20-81 years old, 30 female) treated by pneumatic dilation or myotomy who underwent follow-up evaluations from April 2013 through December 2015 (median 12 months after treatment; range, 3-183 months)...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
E K Stern, D A Carlson, S Falmagne, A D Hoffmann, M Carns, J E Pandolfino, M Hinchcliff, D M Brenner
BACKGROUND: Esophageal dysfunction and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) are common among patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). Although high-dose proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) typically normalize esophageal acid exposure, the effectiveness of PPI therapy has not been systematically studied in SSc patients. The aim of this study was to characterize reflux in SSc patients on high-dose PPI using esophageal pH-impedance testing. METHODS: In this case-controlled retrospective analysis, 38 patients fulfilling 2013 American College of Rheumatology SSc criteria who underwent esophageal pH-impedance testing on twice-daily PPI between January 2014 and March 2017 at a tertiary referral center were compared with a control-cohort of 38 non-SSc patients matched for PPI formulation and dose, hiatal hernia size, age, and gender...
November 6, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
D A Carlson, P Kathpalia, J Craft, M Tye, Z Lin, P J Kahrilas, J E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Increased esophagogastric junction (EGJ) distensibility is thought to contribute to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Using the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP), we aimed to assess the esophageal response to distension among patients undergoing esophageal pH monitoring. METHODS: 25 patients (ages 22-73; 13 females) who underwent ambulatory wireless esophageal pH testing while off proton-pump inhibitors were evaluated with FLIP during sedated upper endoscopy...
November 2, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Wenjun Kou, Boyce E Griffith, John E Pandolfino, Peter J Kahrilas, Neelesh A Patankar
In this work, we extend our previous esophageal transport model using an immersed boundary (IB) method with discrete fiber-based structural model, to one using a continuum mechanics-based model that is approximated based on finite elements (IB-FE). To deal with the leakage of flow when the Lagrangian mesh becomes coarser than the fluid mesh, we employ adaptive interaction quadrature points to deal with Lagrangian-Eulerian interaction equations based on a previous work (Griffith and Luo [1]). In particular, we introduce a new anisotropic adaptive interaction quadrature rule...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Computational Physics
Jan Tack, John E Pandolfino
The pathogenesis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is complex and involves changes in reflux exposure, epithelial resistance, and visceral sensitivity. The gastric refluxate is a noxious material that injures the esophagus and elicits symptoms. Esophageal exposure to gastric refluxate is the primary determinant of disease severity. This exposure arises via compromise of the anti-reflux barrier and reduced ability of the esophagus to clear and buffer the refluxate, leading to reflux disease. However, complications and symptoms also occur in the context of normal reflux burden, when there is either poor epithelial resistance or increased visceral sensitivity...
January 2018: Gastroenterology
Rena Yadlapati, John E Pandolfino, Olga Alexeeva, Dyanna L Gregory, Meredith R Craven, David Liebovitz, Abbey Lichten, Erin Seger, Moira Workman, Nora St Peter, Jenna Craft, Bethany Doerfler, Rajesh N Keswani
OBJECTIVES: Current healthcare systems do not effectively promote weight reduction in patients with obesity and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The Reflux Improvement and Monitoring (TRIM) program provides personalized, multidisciplinary, health education and monitoring over 6 months. In this study we aimed to (i) measure the effectiveness of TRIM on GERD symptoms, quality of life, and weight, and (ii) examine patient health beliefs related to TRIM. METHODS: This prospective mixed methods feasibility study was performed at a single center between September 2015 and February 2017, and included adult patients with GERD and a body mass index ≥30 kg/m(2)...
October 10, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Dustin A Carlson, Ikuo Hirano, Angelika Zalewski, Nirmala Gonsalves, Zhiyue Lin, John E Pandolfino
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the effect of medical and diet therapies on esophageal distensibility assessed using the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP) and the association of changes in esophageal distensibility with clinical outcomes in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). METHODS: Patients with EoE were evaluated with FLIP during endoscopy at baseline and following therapy without interval dilatation. Evaluation also included a validated patient-reported outcome (PRO; a positive PRO was considered at a 30% score improvement), mucosal biopsies, and scoring of endoscopic features of EoE...
October 5, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
Edoardo Savarino, Albert J Bredenoord, Mark Fox, John E Pandolfino, Sabine Roman, C Prakash Gyawali
GERD is a common condition worldwide. Key mechanisms of disease include abnormal oesophagogastric junction structure and function, and impaired oesophageal clearance. A therapeutic trial of acid-suppressive PPI therapy is often the initial management, with endoscopy performed in the setting of alarm symptoms and to exclude other conditions. If symptoms persist and endoscopy does not reveal evidence of GERD, oesophageal function tests are performed, including oesophageal manometry and ambulatory reflux monitoring...
November 2017: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Peter J Kahrilas, Albert J Bredenoord, Mark Fox, C Prakash Gyawali, Sabine Roman, André J P M Smout, John E Pandolfino
High-resolution manometry (HRM) and new analysis algorithms, summarized in the Chicago Classification, have led to a restructured classification of oesophageal motility disorders. This advance has led to increased detection of clinically relevant disorders, in particular achalasia. It has become apparent that the cardinal feature of achalasia - impaired lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) relaxation - can occur in several disease phenotypes: without peristalsis (type I), with pan-oesophageal pressurization (type II), with premature (spastic) distal oesophageal contractions (type III), or with preserved peristalsis (outlet obstruction)...
November 2017: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Rena Yadlapati, Michael Tye, Sabine Roman, Peter J Kahrilas, Katherine Ritter, John E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recognition of rumination and supragastric belching is often delayed as symptoms may be mistakenly attributed to gastroesophageal reflux disease. However, distinct from gastroesophageal reflux disease, rumination and supragastric belching are more responsive to behavioral interventions than to acid-suppressive and antireflux therapies. Postprandial high-resolution impedance manometry (PP-HRIM) is an efficient method to identify rumination and belches. We investigated the distribution of postprandial profiles determined by PP-HRIM, and identified patient features associated with postprandial profiles among patients with nonresponse to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)...
September 12, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Rena Yadlapati, Michael Tye, Laurie Keefer, Peter J Kahrilas, John E Pandolfino
OBJECTIVES: Up to 50% of patients with reflux symptoms do not manifest a satisfactory symptom response to proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy. Our primary aim in this study was to identify factors associated with symptom perception among PPI non-responder phenotypes. METHODS: This prospective observational cohort study was performed from September 2014 to January 2017 at a single academic medical center and included PPI non-responders who underwent 24-h impedance-pH monitoring and completed a questionnaire set measuring patient-reported symptom severity, quality of life (QOL), and psychosocial distress...
January 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
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