Secondary esophageal contractions are abnormal in chronic alcoholics

  title={Secondary esophageal contractions are abnormal in chronic alcoholics},
  author={Dr. A. Keshavarzian and C. Polepalle and Frank L. Iber and Michael K. Durkin},
  journal={Digestive Diseases and Sciences},
It is known that primary (swallow-induced) esophageal contractions are abnormal in alcoholics. Data concerning acid-induced esophageal contractions, which appear to be important in cleansing refluxed acid from the esophagus, are lacking. To determine whether acid-induced esophageal contractions are also affected by chronic ethanol exposure, we studied secondary (acid or saline-induced) esophageal motor events in 19 male alcoholics [6 actively drinking (ADA), 13 withdrawing (WA)]. Esophageal… CONTINUE READING


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