2013-07-30 13:52:13 UTC

Esophageal Sphincter Device Improves GERD Symptoms

Aug. 1, 2013

Reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, Robert A. Ganz and colleagues found that, based on a single-group evaluation of 100 gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) patients before and after sphincter augmentation with a magnetic device, exposure to esophageal acid decreased, reflux symptoms improved and use of proton-pump inhibitors decreased.

Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who have a partial response to proton-pump inhibitors often seek alternative therapy. Robert A. Ganz and colleagues evaluated the safety and effectiveness of a new magnetic device to augment the lower esophageal sphincter. They report in the New England Journal of Medicine that, in this single-group evaluation of 100 patients before and after sphincter augmentation with a magnetic device, exposure to esophageal acid decreased, reflux symptoms improved and use of proton-pump inhibitors decreased. Follow-up studies are needed to assess long-term safety.

New England Journal of Medicine 2013; 368:719-727

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