Pneumatic dilatation (PD) and surgical miotomy (SM) are presentely the best treastments for untreated achalasia, with similar efficacy. There is no information on the relative efficacy of PD in younger compared to older patients. Aim of our study was to compare success rate and safety of PD patients under fifty years old in our Unit with graded PD under fluoroscopic view. Five male and 15 female with a median age of 47 years were treated. Twelve patients were less than fifthy years old (group I) while 8 were older (group II). Median dysphagia questionnaire score was 14 and 13 in group I and II respectively. Technical success was achieved in all patients. Seven patients were previously treated through other techniques. In group I all patients achieved a complete remission of symptoms with significant decrease of the dysphagia questionnaire (3). in group II all patients achieved a complete remissionof symptoms with significant decrease of the dysphagia questionnaire score (4,5) but 3 of them repeated the procedure. In boths groups the efficacy of the dilation was radiologically confirmed. Neither early nor late complications were reported in either groups. In our experience PD was an effective and safe procedure both in young and old patients although the older group had more recurrences, all successfully re-dilated.
|Numero di pagine||4|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2015|