Marco Baessato

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From 1976 to 1989, 206 patients referred for primary treatment of esophageal achalasia underwent transabdominal Heller's myotomy and anterior fundoplication according to the Dor technique. In the majority of the patients, the cardia was not mobilized, and the myotomy was extended in length for about 10 cm (8 cm on the esophagus and 2 cm on the stomach).(More)
UNLABELLED Between 1980 and 1988, we treated 1,521 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus and 336 patients with adenocarcinoma of the gastric cardia. Between 1967 and 1988, 244 patients with esophageal achalasia were also observed. Among 1,857 patients with cancer, achalasia was present in 21 cases (1.1%). In 18 patients the mean and median(More)
Between 1980 and 1989, 355 patients with cancer of the esophagus and 54 with cancer of the cardia underwent push-through intubation because of advanced tumor stage or medical contraindications to tumor resection. In 36 other patients (8.1%), the attempt at transtumoral intubation failed. The hospital mortality rate after intubation was 3.4%. The following(More)
The choice of surgery in patients with reflux-induced oesophageal stricture remains controversial. From 1976 to 1990, a total of 65 patients underwent fundoplication (36 patients), Collis gastroplasty plus fundoplication (ten), total duodenal diversion (four) and oesophageal resection (15). The postoperative mortality rate was 5 per cent (three patients):(More)
Three manometric characteristics of the distal oesophageal sphincter (DOS; pressure, length below the respiratory inversion point, i.e., abdominal length, and overall length) were investigated in 10 healthy volunteers and in 66 patients with typical symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) disease. The aim of the work was to correlate the DOS deficiency(More)
Between 1967 and 1989, 60 patients underwent pneumatic dilation of the cardia at our institution. Of these, 33 had not undergone any previous treatment (group 1), whereas 27 presented with recurrent dysphagia after a failure of surgical treatment (group 2). In this series there was no procedure-related mortality and a perforation occurred only in 1 patient(More)
The ideal management of patients with peptic esophageal strictures is not well defined at present. During the past two decades it has become apparent that most strictures can be successfully dilated and that dilation combined with standard antireflux repair can restore comfortable swallowing in the majority of the patients (12). Although dilation alone is(More)
Prolonged monitoring of oesophageal pH is the most sensitive test for GOR. An ideal instrument for this test should be simple, reliable and inexpensive. It should enable the patient to live a normal life, even at home, allows rapid analysis of the data, and monitors other parameters at the same time (intragastric pH). An instrument with these features has(More)
The use of bethanecol has recently been proposed to improve the diagnostic accuracy of esophageal manometry in identifying the origin of symptoms in patients with non cardiac chest pain. In this study we report our experience in 30 patients who underwent esophageal functional studies. Despite its low diagnostic value, bethanecol test (two subsequential(More)