Water flush technique: A noninvasive method of optimizing visualization of the distal esophagus in patients with primary Achalasia

Barry G. Hansford, Myrosia T. Mitchell, Arunas Gasparaitis

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to assess the use of a water flush technique to optimize visualization of the distal esophageal mucosa during barium esophagography of patients with moderate to severe primary achalasia. The water flush consists of having patients drink tap water at end esophagography in an attempt to clear the standing barium column. CONCLUSION. The water flush technique is a simple, noninvasive maneuver that improves the extent of diagnostic visualization of the distal esophageal mucosa in patients with moderate to severe primary achalasia. It facilitated detection of a tumor in one patient and identification of additional pathologic changes in two other patients in this series.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)818-821
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume200
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Esophagography
  • Water flush protocol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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