Mario de Bellis

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Background: About 20% of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) have severely impaired esophageal peristalsis in addition to an incompetent lower esophageal sphincter. In these patients a total fundoplication corrects the abnormal reflux, but it is often associated with postoperative dysphagia and gas bloat syndrome. We studied the efficacy of(More)
Approximately 25% of patients with gastroesophageal reflux, severe enough to be considered for surgical treatment have dysfunction of esophageal peristalsis in addition to dysfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter. A standard total (i.e., Nissen) fundoplication in these patients may be followed by dysphagia, so many experts recommend a partial(More)
Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) can develop in patients with esophageal achalasia either before treatment or following pneumatic dilatation or Heller myotomy. In this study we assessed the value of pre- and postoperative pH monitoring in identifying GER in patients with esophageal achalasia. Ambulatory pH monitoring was performed preoperatively in 40 patients(More)
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