TITLE

Pneumatic Dilation and Laparoscopic Heller's Myotomy Equally Effective for Achalasia

AUTHOR(S)
Spechler, Stuart Jon
PUB. DATE
May 2011
SOURCE
New England Journal of Medicine;5/12/2011, Vol. 364 Issue 19, p1868
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The author comments on a research study which reported the efficacy of pneumatic dilation and laparoscopic Heller's myotomy for treating achalasia. According to the author, the factors that should be considered by clinicians and patients in deciding between the two procedures are the protocol for pneumatic dilation, esophageal perforations that complicate pneumatic dilation, the performance of the procedures by gastroenterologists and surgeons, and their beneficial effects. He thinks that the decision lies on patient preferences and local expertise.
ACCESSION #
60596261

 

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