The Cleveland Clinic Esophageal Questionnaire detects important differences in eating and dyspepsia in achalasia patients that are not captured by the gold-standard Eckardt symptom score.
Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) should be considered first-line therapy for patients with type III achalasia, conclude the authors of one of the largest-ever studies of this uncommon achalasia subtype.
A large case series demonstrates objective improvements in esophageal drainage plus subjective symptom palliation, but long-term data and reassurance about reflux are still needed.
A new study comparing two common treatments for achalasia, POEM and LHM, found higher levels of acid exposure in patients who had the less-invasive POEM procedure.
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Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a promising minimally invasive option for surgical treatment of achalasia. An expert thoracic surgeon uses rich endoscopic video footage to walk through POEM step by step.