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Dysfunction of the esophageal inlet:Treatment by upper esophageal sphincter myotomy

Authors
Journal
The American Journal of Surgery
0002-9610
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
124
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0002-9610(72)90123-7
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract Three patients have been studied manometrically after division of the upper esophageal sphincter for dysphagia associated with posterior pharyngeal diverticulum. The postoperative results have been satisfactory clinically and the operation itself avoids the morbidity and mortality associated with diverticulectomy. We found no evidence that achalasia or dyscoordination of the upper esophageal sphincter can be cited routinely as the basic underlying pathophysiology.

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