Rare food pipe disease cured, says Sir Ganga Ram hospital – the New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: The city-based Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (HRMS) has claimed that 375 patients have recovered in the past five years from Achalasia Gardia, a rare and eating-debilitating disease that requires special procedures .
The procedure, called oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), was performed on patients between the ages of 14 and 90, of whom 43% were women and 57% were men, the hospital said. The President of the Institute of Liver, Gastroenterology and Pancreaticobiliary Sciences (ILGPS), Professor Anil Arora, explained that in Achalasia Cardia, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is present between the esophagus and the stomach, does not relax during swallowing and therefore food cannot enter the stomach and gets stuck in the food tube.
“Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, chest pain followed by vomiting. Patients can suffer from weight loss and poor quality of life. It is a rare and often misdiagnosed disease with gastroesophageal reflux disease that has similar symptoms, ”he said.
In POEM, the non-relaxing LES is cut from inside the esophageal cavity using endoscopy. “The whole procedure takes about 1 to 1.5 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Most patients can resume their diet the very next day, ”said Arora.