Treating achalasia: from whalebone to laparoscope.

  title={Treating achalasia: from whalebone to laparoscope.},
  author={A E Spiess and Peter J. Kahrilas},
  volume={280 7},
OBJECTIVE To review the pathophysiology and management of achalasia. DATA SOURCES Peer-reviewed publications located via MEDLINE using the search term esophageal achalasia (subheadings: complications, drug therapy, epidemiology, etiology, physiopathology, surgery, and therapy) published in English from 1966 to December 1997. STUDY SELECTION Of 2632 citations identified, 4.5% were selected for inclusion by authors' blinded review of the abstracts. New developments in the understanding of… CONTINUE READING
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