Pneumatic dilation for the treatment of achalasia in untreated patients and patients with failed Heller myotomy.

@article{Guardino2004PneumaticDF,
  title={Pneumatic dilation for the treatment of achalasia in untreated patients and patients with failed Heller myotomy.},
  author={Jason M Guardino and Marcelo F. Vela and Jason Connor and J E Richter},
  journal={Journal of clinical gastroenterology},
  year={2004},
  volume={38 10},
  pages={855-60}
}
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic Heller myotomy (HM) has become an increasingly preferred modality to treat achalasia. However, the treatment course after a failed myotomy is controversial with fears that pneumatic dilation (PD) has high perforation risk. GOAL To compare success and safety of graded PD with Rigiflex balloons in achalasia patients without a prior HM (untreated cases) and those with a failed HM. STUDY A total of 108 patients were retrospectively evaluated: 96 untreated cases (53 male… CONTINUE READING
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