Supra-esophageal manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux, a different diagnostic approach and an indication for laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication: our experience

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24-hour oesophageal pH monitoring with a dual pH probe is considered to be the most sensitive test for diagnosing GORD-related otolaryngological manifestations. In this study we evaluate an initial diagnostic approach with digital videofluorography associated to the water siphon test and primary "ex juvantibus" therapy with proton pump inhibitors for patients with supra-oesophageal symptoms of GORD. The results of Nissen fundoplication surgical treatment are also assessed in some of these patients. Two hundred and thirty patients with suspected GORD-related supra-oesophageal symptoms were referred for videofluorography and the water siphon test. When hiatal hernia and/or reflux were found, patients were referred for medical therapy with proton pump inhibitors. Five patients, who had had a good or excellent response to the medical therapy, but had a recurrence underwent laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication and videofluorography 6 months after surgery. Within 6 months, more than 80% of patients had an excellent or good response to medical therapy. In patients undergoing laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, hoarseness and chronic cough disappeared within 3 months and videofluorography showed good morphofunctional results of the surgery. In patients with GORD-related supra-oesophageal manifestations, videofluorography plus the water siphon test is useful initial investigation, and laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication can be a valid alternative therapeutic option.
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)791-796
Numero di pagine6
RivistaChirurgia Italiana
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2003

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