Efficacy of treatment for patients with achalasia depends on the distensibility of the esophagogastric junction.

@article{Rohof2012EfficacyOT,
  title={Efficacy of treatment for patients with achalasia depends on the distensibility of the esophagogastric junction.},
  author={W. O. A. Rohof and David P Hirsch and Boudewijn F. Kessing and Guy E. E. Boeckxstaens},
  journal={Gastroenterology},
  year={2012},
  volume={143 2},
  pages={328-35}
}
BACKGROUND & AIMS Many patients with persistent dysphagia and regurgitation after therapy have low or no lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure. Distensibility of the esophagogastric junction (EGJ) largely determines esophageal emptying. We investigated whether assessment of the distensibility of the EGJ is a better and more integrated parameter than LES pressure for determining efficacy of treatment for patients with achalasia. METHODS We measured distensibility of the EGJ using an… CONTINUE READING

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