Endoscopic, endoluminal fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease: initial experience and lessons learned

BACKGROUND: Several devices have been developed to create an antireflux barrier endoscopically for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. All have failed to provide long-term symptom relief, were associated with clinically important complications, or were otherwise removed from the market. A new device, the Esophyx (Endogastric Solutions, Redmond, WA), provides the closest approximation experimentally to… Read more »

Prevalence, knowledge and care patterns for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in United States minority populations

BACKGROUND: While there is evidence of ethnic variation in the prevalence of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms, few population-based studies examine GERD symptom prevalence amongst the growing Hispanic minority in the US as well as Asians in the West. AIM: To examine the prevalence, awareness and care patterns for GERD across different ethnic groups. METHODS:… Read more »

Transoral incisionless fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease in an unselected patient population

BACKGROUND: EsophyX is an endolumenal approach to the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This report describes one of the earliest and largest North American experiences with this device. METHODS: Prospective data were gathered on consecutive patients undergoing EsophyX fundoplication for a 1-year period between September 2007 and March 2009. During this time, the procedure… Read more »

What is left of the endoscopic antireflux devices?

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We critically analyze existing endoscopy-based interventions for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The focus is on the effectiveness of available procedures and to delineate goals for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent evaluations of the EndoCinch system reveal poor long-term results and no significant improvement over sham therapy due to poor apposition of mucosa… Read more »

Transoral endoscopic fundoplication in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease: the anatomic and physiologic basis for reconstruction of the esophagogastric junction using a novel device

OBJECTIVE: To determine the safety, mechanism of action, immediate postprocedural anatomic impact on the esophagogastric junction, and short-term efficacy of the first entirely endolumenal antireflux procedure. BACKGROUND: A safe and effective endoscopic antireflux procedure remains elusive. Transoral endolumenal surgery has enormous potential for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other esophagogastric diseases. A… Read more »

Do Acid-Lowering Agents Affect Vitamin B12 Status in Older Adults?

OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between serum vitamin B12 levels in older adults on histamine(2) receptor antagonists (H2 blockers) or proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) over 6 years. Participants: A cross-sectional sample of 659 adults, 60 to 102 years, from long-term care facilities and community ambulatory care (C) in the Bronx. MEASUREMENTS: Patient demographics, serum B12 levels,… Read more »