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esophageal motility disorders

Kornilia Nikaki, Joanne Li Shen Ooi, Daniel Sifrim
The Chicago classification (CC) is most valued for its systematic approach to esophageal disorders and great impact in unifying practice for esophageal manometric studies. In view of the ever-growing wealth of knowledge and experience gained by the expanding use of high-resolution manometry (HRM) in various clinical scenarios, the CC is regularly updated. Its clinical impact and ability to predict clinical outcome, both in adults and pediatrics, will be further promoted by recognizing its current limitations, incorporating new metrics in its diagnostic algorithms and adjusting the HRM protocols based on the clinical question posed...
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
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
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
Edoardo Savarino, Andrea Ottonello, Salvatore Tolone, Ottavia Bartolo, Myong Ki Baeg, Farhood Farjah, Shiko Kuribayashi, Katerina P Shetler, Christian Lottrup, Ellen Stein
The 21st century offers new advances in diagnostic procedures and protocols in the management of esophageal diseases. This review highlights the most recent advances in esophageal diagnostic technologies, including clinical applications of novel endoscopic devices, such as ultrathin endoscopy and confocal laser endomicroscopy for diagnosis and management of Barrett's esophagus; novel parameters and protocols in high-resolution esophageal manometry for the identification and better classification of motility abnormalities; innovative connections between esophageal motility disorder diagnosis and detection of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); impedance-pH testing for detecting the various GERD phenotypes; performance of distensibility testing for better pathophysiological knowledge of the esophagus and other gastrointestinal abnormalities; and a modern view of positron emission tomography scanning in metastatic disease detection in the era of accountability as a model for examining other new technologies...
September 28, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
L Huang, M Pimentel, A Rezaie
BACKGROUND: Jackhammer esophagus (JE) is a rare esophageal motility disorder defined in the Chicago Classification of Esophageal Motility by presence of excessively high distal contractile integral (DCI) on high-resolution manometry (HRM), with unknown natural manometric course. We examined the development of achalasia over time in patients with JE. METHODS: Through a retrospective longitudinal design, patients with Jackhammer contractions who had more than one HRM between 2005 and 2015 were identified...
September 23, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
D A Carlson, T Omari, Z Lin, N Rommel, K Starkey, P J Kahrilas, J Tack, J E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: High-resolution impedance manometry (HRIM) allows evaluation of esophageal bolus retention, flow, and pressurization. We aimed to perform a collaborative analysis of HRIM metrics to evaluate patients with non-obstructive dysphagia. METHODS: Fourteen asymptomatic controls (58% female; ages 20-50) and 41 patients (63% female; ages 24-82), 18 evaluated for dysphagia and 23 for reflux (non-dysphagia patients), with esophageal motility diagnoses of normal motility or ineffective esophageal motility, were evaluated with HRIM and a global dysphagia symptom score (Brief Esophageal Dysphagia Questionnaire)...
September 20, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Mikhail Lisovsky, Maria Westerhoff, Xuchen Zhang
The clinical significance of lymphocytic esophagitis (LyE), which is characterized by the prominence of peripapillary intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs) without significant granulocytosis, remains poorly understood. During the last few years, plausible clinical correlates and novel approaches for stratification of LyE have started to emerge. Association with Crohn's disease has been established in children, but is not observed in adults. In adults, the form of LyE showing CD4(+) -predominant IELs has been recently found to be associated with non-achalasia primary motility abnormalities...
September 16, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Sushma Malik, Mani Singhal, Shruti Sudhir Jadhav, Charusheela Sujit Korday, Chitra Shivanand Nayak
BACKGROUND: Hirschsprung's disease is one of the commonest causes of intestinal obstruction in neonates because of gut motility disorder. It is characterized as a complex genetic heterogenous disorder with variable inheritance. Hirschsprung's disease occurs as an isolated phenotype in majority (70 %) of cases. In other cases it may be associated with syndromes (such as Down's syndrome, Waardenburg syndrome, congenital central hypoventilation, or cartilage-hair hypoplasia) or with a spectrum of congenital anomalies involving neurological, cardiovascular, or urological systems or with sensorineural anomalies...
2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Stavros N Stavropoulos, David Friedel, Rani Modayil, Henry P Parkman
Achalasia is a rare esophageal motility disorder that is usually idiopathic in origin. It is characterized by dysphagia, and patients often have chest pain, regurgitation, weight loss, and an abnormal barium radiograph showing esophageal dilation with narrowing at the gastroesophageal junction. Abnormal or absent esophageal peristalsis and impaired relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) are typically seen on esophageal manometry. The advent of high resolution manometry (HRM) has allowed more precise diagnosis of achalasia, subtype designation, and differentiation from other esophageal motor disorders with an initial seminal publication in 2008 followed by further refinements of what has been termed the Chicago classification...
September 13, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Emmanuel Akintoye, Nitin Kumar, Itegbemie Obaitan, Quazim A Alayo, Christopher C Thompson
Background and study aim: Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a relatively novel minimally invasive technique that is used to treat achalasia and other esophageal motility disorders. We systematically reviewed the medical literature in order to evaluate the safety and efficacy of POEM. Methods: We performed a comprehensive review and meta-analysis of studies published up to March 2016 that reported on clinical outcomes of POEM. Five databases were searched: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Ovid, CINAHL, and Cochrane. Results: A total of 36 studies involving 2373 patients were included in the review...
September 12, 2016: Endoscopy
Michael D Crowell, Sarah B Umar, W Leroy Griffing, John K DiBaise, Brian E Lacy, Marcelo F Vela
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Systemic scleroderma (SSc) is associated with esophageal aperistalsis and hypotensive esophagogastric junction pressure, although there could be a gradation in esophageal motor dysfunction. We characterized esophageal motor function by high-resolution manometry (HRM), and assessed associations between SSc severity, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and HRM findings in patients. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 200 patients with SSc and 102 patients without SSc (controls) who underwent HRM at the Mayo Clinic Arizona Rheumatology Scleroderma Clinic for esophageal manometry, from May 2006 through January 2015...
September 6, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
A Jell, D Wilhelm, D Ostler, H Feußner, N Hüser
Diagnosis of oesophageal motility disorders has been well established for many years now, although circadian gastrointestinal motility is still purely understood. So far, high-resolution manometry (HRM) is only available for short-term measurement in clinical practice to evaluate simultaneous pressure conditions throughout the esophagus. Thus, only a very limited period of time can be investigated. There is evidence that disorders in esophageal motility can cause severe discomfort and symptoms even though they only tend to occur spontaneously...
September 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
T Frieling, R Kuhlbusch-Zicklam, C Weingardt, J Heise, C Kreysel, M Blank, D Müller
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Symptoms suspicious of extraesophageal reflux (SSEER) include globus, chronic cough, mucous obstruction and hoarseness. Reports of conventional esophageal function tests and measurement of extraesophageal reflux (EER) in these patients are spare providing conflicting results. METHODS: In a prospective study we evaluated 60 patients with SSEER by esophageal function tests (esophageal manometry, combined 24 h pH - metry - impedance and oropharyngeal pH measurement, Dx - pH measurement) and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)...
September 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Yuki B Werner, Daniel von Renteln, Tania Noder, Guido Schachschal, Ulrike W Denzer, Stefan Groth, Jan F Nast, Jan F Kersten, Martin Petzoldt, Gerhard Adam, Oliver Mann, Alessandro Repici, Cesare Hassan, Thomas Rösch
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The recently developed technique of per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) has been shown to be effective for the therapy of esophageal motility disorders. Limited information is available about POEM adverse events (AE). METHODS: POEM was performed with the patients under general anesthesia in 241 patients (58% male, mean age 47.4 ± 16.4 years) during 61 months. Main outcome was the rate of intra- and post-procedural adverse events (AE). Post-procedural checks comprised clinical and laboratory examination, and endoscopy, with further follow-ups being performed at 3, 6 and 12 months, respectively...
September 5, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Michael F Vaezi, Valter N Felix, Roberto Penagini, Aurelio Mauro, Eduardo Guimarães Hourneaux de Moura, Leonardo Zorrón Cheng Tao Pu, Jan Martinek, Erwin Rieder
Achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder associated with abnormalities in peristalsis and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxation. The etiology of the disease remains elusive. It is often misdiagnosed initially as gastroesophageal reflux disease. Patients with achalasia often complain of dysphagia to solids and liquids but may focus on regurgitation as the primary symptom, leading to the early misdiagnosis. Chest pain, weight loss, and occasional vomiting may be additional symptoms encountered in those with achalasia...
August 29, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Tomonori Shimbo, Takeshi Adachi, Susumu Fujisawa, Mai Hongoh, Takayoshi Ohba, Kyoichi Ono
The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a specialized region of the esophageal smooth muscle that allows the passage of a swallowed bolus into the stomach. Nitric oxide (NO) plays a major role in LES relaxation. Nicorandil possesses dual properties of a NO donor and an ATP-sensitive potassium channel (KATP channel) agonist, and is expected to reduce LES tone. This study investigated the mechanisms underlying the effects of nicorandil on the LES. Rat LES tissues were placed in an organ bath, and activities were recorded using an isometric force transducer...
August 2016: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Neelam G Gidwaney, Manisha Bajpai, Sita S Chokhavatia
The number of persons 60 years and older has increased 3-fold between 1950 and 2000. Aging alone does not greatly impact the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Digestive dysfunction, including esophageal reflux, achalasia, dysphagia, dyspepsia, delayed gastric emptying, constipation, fecal incontinence, and fecal impaction, is a result of the highly prevalent comorbid conditions and the medications with which those conditions are treated. A multidisciplinary approach with the expertise of a geriatrician, gastroenterologist, neurologist, speech pathologist, and physical therapist ensures a comprehensive functional and neurological assessment of the older patient...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Luigi Marano, Alessandro Cecchi, Federica Chiodo, Francesco Gullo, Pasquale Fiorillo, Luca Roncetti, Mattia Longaroni, Gianluca Proietti Silvestri, Silvano Lolli, Giorgio Nicolic, Alberto Patriti
BACKGROUND: In the medical literature are described only few clinical cases of esophageal food bolus impaction due to esophageal motility disorders. Moreover, the management of this condition is highly variable with no evidence in the literature to strongly support a clear defined intervention. CASE PRESENTATION: In this paper we describe for the first time a case of 53-year-old male with food bolus impaction due to Jackhammer esophagus referred to emergency department...
2016: BMC Gastroenterology
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