Assessing esophageal function in Achalasia: The old and the new

Joseph R. Triggs, Peter J. Kahrilas*

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Abstract

Achalasia is currently diagnosed according to the Chicago Classification v3.0 using high-resolution manometry and treatment focuses on disruption of the esophagogastric junction. A paper in this issue examines the utility of a timed barium esophagram with a 13 mm tablet challenge in differentiating Achalasia from other diagnoses, finding 100% sensitivity. However, a large proportion of patients with non-Achalasia dysphagia are also identified. Another paper in this issue proposes utilizing intraprocedure functional luminal imaging probe measurement during pneumatic dilation as a guide for upsizing dilations. This appears promising, but prospective validation is necessary before this becomes standard of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-215
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume113
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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