Dag Arne Lihaug Hoff

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BACKGROUND The diagnosis of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) remains a challenge as both invasive methods and symptom-based strategies have limitations. The symptom-based management of GERD in primary care may be further optimised with the use of a questionnaire. AIM To assess the diagnostic validity of the GerdQ questionnaire in patients with(More)
Endosonography is a useful tool for studying the morphology and motor function of the gastrointestinal tract. Intraluminal ultrasonography is the common denomination of ultrasound examinations using intracorporal transducers which are inserted into the GI tract. Thus, the visceral wall and adjacent structures can be imaged in detail. This review describes(More)
We describe the development of a multimodal device combining bag distension, manometry, high frequency intraluminal ultrasound, laser Doppler flowmetry and symptom registration. Bench tests showed that the different modalities did not influence each other. During bag distension we obtained high quality images of the oesophageal wall for computing(More)
Both mechanical and ischemic mechanisms can cause gastrointestinal pain. We investigated whether discomfort and pain caused by bag distension in the esophagus of healthy subjects correlated best with mechanical forces (stress), deformation (strain), or mucosal perfusion. Twenty-nine subjects underwent ramp bag distension using a novel catheter design(More)
Perfusion of individual tissues is a basic physiological process that is necessary to sustain oxygenation and nutrition at a cellular level. Ischemia, or the insufficiency of perfusion, is a common mechanism for tissue death or degeneration, and at a lower threshold, a mechanism for the generation of sensory signalling including pain. It is of considerable(More)
BACKGROUND Functional chest pain (FCP) of presumed esophageal origin is considered a common cause for chest pain in which central nervous system hyperexcitability is thought to play an important role. We aimed to compare cerebral responses with painful esophageal stimuli between FCP patients and healthy subjects (HS). METHODS Thirteen patients with FCP(More)
BACKGROUND Functional chest pain is commonly reproduced by bag distension in the esophageal body. It is unknown whether such pain is primarily associated with mechanical stress and strain (force-deformation) or with changes in mucosal perfusion. METHODS Fourteen patients (6M, 8F, average age 55.9 years) underwent ramp bag distension before and after(More)