Antidepressant treatment of patients with diffuse esophageal spasm: a psychosomatic approach.

@article{Handa1999AntidepressantTO,
  title={Antidepressant treatment of patients with diffuse esophageal spasm: a psychosomatic approach.},
  author={Masanori Handa and Kazunori Mine and Hidehiko Yamamoto and Hideki Hayashi and Osamu Tsuchida and Fumitaka Kanazawa and Chiharu Kubo},
  journal={Journal of clinical gastroenterology},
  year={1999},
  volume={28 3},
  pages={228-32}
}
The cause of diffuse esophageal spasm (DES) has not been clearly established, and effective treatment is lacking. To determine whether a psychosomatic approach can be effective in treating DES patients, nine patients and 26 healthy volunteers were studied. Esophageal manometry and psychological testing were performed in both groups. The psychological background of the DES patients was investigated. Psychiatric diagnoses were made according to the criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and… CONTINUE READING

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