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Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for the Treatment of Achalasia, Database Repository (NCT02770859)

POEM (Per-Oral endoscopic myotomy (creating a muscle [esophagus] opening), an incision-less (no cutting of the surface of the body) endoscopic procedure, is an effective non-surgical alternative to release the muscle & sphincter of the LES for the treatment of achalasia.
  • Procedure: POEM (Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy)
    Per-Oral endoscopic myotomy (creating a muscle [esophagus] opening), an incision-less (no cutting of the surface of the body) endoscopic procedure, is an effective non-surgical alternative to release the muscle & sphincter of the LES for the treatment of achalasia
    • POEM
Ages eligible for Study
18 Years and older
Genders eligible for Study
All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Inclusion Criteria:
  • years of age Referral for the treatment of Achalasia
Exclusion Criteria:
  • Less than 18 years of age; Absence of Achalasia
Achalasia is a disease of the muscle of the esophagus (food tube) & means "a failure to relax." The esophagus consists of 3 parts: the first part (uppermost part) is the upper esophageal sphincter (UES). The UES is a specialized ring of muscle which separates the esophagus from the throat, & prevents food in the second part (body) of the esophagus from regurgitating into the throat. The third part of the esophagus (lower esophageal sphincter [LES]) also consists of a specialized ring of muscle which separates the body of the esophagus from the stomach, & prevents food & acid from regurgitating into the body of the esophagus. When achalasia is present, patients experience dysphasia (difficulty swallowing food, & [sometimes] liquids), chest pain & can experience recurrent pneumonia & loss of weight.

Current treatments for achalasia include oral medications (calcium channel blockers) to relax the LES (difficult to swallow pill/capsule), dilation (stretching) of the LES, (temporary relief) & Esophagomyotomy (general surgery to cut the LES).

POEM (Per-Oral endoscopic myotomy (creating a muscle [esophagus] opening), an incision-less (no cutting of the surface of the body) endoscopic procedure, is an effective non-surgical alternative to release the muscle & sphincter of the LES for the treatment of achalasia.

1 locations

United States (1)
  • Indiana University Hospital
    Not specified
    Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202-5121
Status:
enrolling by invitation
Type:
Observational Patient Registry
Phase:
-
Start:
30 September, 2014
Updated:
14 March, 2018
Participants:
150
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