Richard Heddle

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS To explore the association between chronic cannabis abuse and a cyclical vomiting illness that presented in a series of cases in South Australia. METHODS Nineteen patients were identified with chronic cannabis abuse and a cyclical vomiting illness. For legal and ethical reasons, all patients were counselled to cease all cannabis abuse.(More)
The topography of human pyloric pressure is ill defined, and previous studies of pyloric motility in humans have given conflicting results. A detailed profile of pyloric pressure has been recorded in seven healthy volunteers using a manometric assembly with 13 side holes spaced at 3-mm intervals on reverse aspect of a 3.5-cm long sleeve sensor. After a(More)
The role of the proximal and distal stomach in the emptying of solids and liquids from the stomach remains unclear. We have used a dual isotope technique to quantify proximal and distal stomach emptying of a solid (100 g of 99mTc labelled liver/ground beef) liquid (either 200 ml of normal saline (eight subjects) or 25% dextrose (seven subjects) labelled(More)
The aim of this study was to define better the motor phenomena associated with the slowing of gastric emptying by a duodenal lipid infusion. Antral, pyloric and duodenal motility were recorded in 10 healthy subjects with a manometric assembly which incorporated multiple perfused side-holes and a sleeve sensor positioned astride the pylorus. The gastric(More)
Because the mechanisms that control the movement of food and digestive juices across the human pylorus are not completely understood, the aim of this study was to document the normal patterns of pressure activity in the antrum, pylorus, and duodenum and the associated pH changes in 9 healthy volunteers. Studies were carried out under fasting conditions and(More)
The influence of gastric and small-intestinal intubation on fed patterns of antropyloroduodenal motility and gastric emptying of a solid meal has been investigated in normal volunteers. In 10 subjects a manometric assembly was passed as far as the fourth part of the duodenum; in 8 other subjects the terminal ileum was intubated; and a further 8 subjects(More)
BACKGROUND Assessment of upper esophageal sphincter (UES) motility is challenging, as functionally, UES relaxation and opening are distinct. We studied novel parameters, UES admittance (inverse of nadir impedance), and 0.2-s integrated relaxation pressure (IRP), in patients with cricopharyngeal bar (CPB) and motor neuron disease (MND), as predictors of UES(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Achalasia is a disorder of esophageal motility with a reported incidence of 0.5 to 1.6 per 100,000 persons per year in Europe, Asia, Canada, and America. However, estimates of incidence values have been derived predominantly from retrospective searches of databases of hospital discharge codes and personal communications with(More)