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OBJECTIVES Impedance monitoring is a new diagnostic method for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) where multiple impedance electrode pairs are placed on a standard pH catheter. It detects reflux of a liquid and/or gas bolus into the esophagus, as well as its distribution, composition, and clearing. The aim of this collaborative study is to define normal(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Combined multichannel intraluminal impedance and manometry (MII-EM) assesses esophageal function by simultaneous measurement of both pressure and bolus transit. Normative data for this method have not been published. The aim of this study was to establish normative data for combined MII-EM and to correlate liquid and viscous bolus transit(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the function of the vagal nerves and the gastric reservoir after vagal-sparing esophagectomy. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Esophagectomy as currently performed includes division of the vagal nerves and surgical alteration of the stomach, with attendant postoperative dumping, diarrhea, reduced meal capacity, and weight loss. Vagal-sparing(More)
Laparoscopic Heller myotomy has emerged as an excellent primary treatment for patients with dysphagia secondary to achalasia. A laparoscopic rather than thoracoscopic approach has stood the test of time. An antireflux procedure combined with the myotomy is crucial to the maintenance of the antireflux barrier. Thoracoscopic long myotomy offers effective(More)
OBJECTIVE The normal histology at the gastroesophageal junction, and in particular the nature of cardiac mucosa, remains in dispute. Likewise, the relationship of intestinal metaplasia at the gastroesophageal junction (CIM) to Barrett's and intestinal metaplasia of the stomach (GIM) is unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the immunostaining(More)
BACKGROUND Leaks following oesophageal surgery are considered to be amongst the most dreaded complications and contributory to postoperative mortality. Controversies still exist regarding the best option for the management of oesophageal leaks due to lack of standardized treatment protocols. This study was designed to analyse the feasibility outcome and(More)
BACKGROUND The detection of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) has to date been limited to acid exposure observed on 24-h pH monitoring. It is clear, however that nonacid reflux can be a significant clinical problem. Recently, as impedance technology with the capacity to detect all types of reflux (acid, nonacid, liquid, mixed, and air) has been developed. (More)
BACKGROUND Intestinal metaplasia occurs in the esophagus as a consequence of gastroesophageal reflux disease and in the stomach secondary to H. pylori infection. The etiology of intestinal metaplasia limited to the gastroesophageal junction or cardia (CIM) is disputed. We hypothesized that CIM has dual etiologies: gastroesophageal reflux in some, H. pylori(More)
HYPOTHESIS Measurement of pancreatic polypeptide (PP) response to sham feeding and pharmacological stimulation is a safe, noninvasive, and sensitive test for vagal integrity. DESIGN Interventional study with control arms. SETTING Tertiary center for esophageal surgery. PATIENTS Thirty healthy volunteers and 25 patients who underwent total(More)
INTRODUCTION Stapled techniques of coloanal anastomosis in anterior resection have gained widespread acceptance over hand anastomosis. We believe a modification of the 'triple staple technique' has ergonomic advantages over existing stapling methods and present our technique and experience here. METHODS Fifty consecutive patients underwent anterior(More)