Esophageal perforation during pneumatic dilatation for achalasia: A possible association with malnutrition

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Abstract

Pneumatic balloon dilatation of the lower esophageal sphincter is commonly utilized as primary therapy for achalasia. Perforation related to pneumatic dilatation is uncommon (2-6%) but may result in severe morbidity. Factors associated with risk of perforation are not well defined. We noted perforation in three patients undergoing forceful balloon dilatation. All these patients had clinical evidence of significant malnutrition (recent marked weight loss and severe hypoalbuminemia). Malnutrition may be a causal factor for perforation in patients with achalasia undergoing dilatation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-228
Number of pages2
JournalDysphagia
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Esophageal Perforation
Esophageal Achalasia
Malnutrition
Dilatation
Hypoalbuminemia
Lower Esophageal Sphincter
Weight Loss
Morbidity

Keywords

  • Achalasia, pneumatic dilatation
  • Deglutition
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Malnutrition
  • Pneumatic Dilatation, perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Gastroenterology

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Esophageal perforation during pneumatic dilatation for achalasia : A possible association with malnutrition. / Fennerty, M (Brian).

In: Dysphagia, Vol. 5, No. 4, 12.1990, p. 227-228.

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