Laparoscopic Heller's myotomy versus pneumatic dilation in the treatment of idiopathic achalasia: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials.

@article{Yaghoobi2013LaparoscopicHM,
  title={Laparoscopic Heller's myotomy versus pneumatic dilation in the treatment of idiopathic achalasia: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials.},
  author={Mohammad Ali Yaghoobi and Serge Mayrand and Myriam Martel and Ira Roshan-Afshar and Raheleh Bijarchi and Alan N Barkun},
  journal={Gastrointestinal endoscopy},
  year={2013},
  volume={78 3},
  pages={468-75}
}
BACKGROUND Pneumatic dilation (PD) and laparoscopic Heller's myotomy (LHM) are the mainstays of therapy in idiopathic achalasia. Equipoise exists in choosing the first-line therapy. OBJECTIVE To assess comparative efficacies and adverse event rates of these methods. DESIGN Intention-to-treat, fixed-model, Mantel-Haenszel meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials comparing PD with LHM. SETTING Randomized controlled trial comparing PD versus LHM. PATIENTS Patients with newly… CONTINUE READING
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