Assessment of the Clinical Utility of Routine Barium Esophagram After Laparoscopic Anterior Esophageal Myotomy for Achalasia

Introduction: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the clinical utility of routine barium esophagram (BAS) after laparoscopic anterior esophageal myotomy for achalasia.
Methods: Records of 260 consecutive patients (pts) undergoing laparoscopic anterior esophageal myotomy for achalasia from 5/96-8/07 were reviewed from a prospective, IRB-approved database. All radiographic reports and perioperative records were reviewed. Data are given as mean ± SD. Statistical significance (p


Session: Podium Presentation

Program Number: S096

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