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Report card may foretell achalasia surgery outcomes

Key clinical point: A report card that uses multiple variables may provide a more accurate picture of surgical outcomes.

Major finding: Based on the Eckardt score, 96% of patients had successful treatment of achalasia, but only 44% reported normal swallowing after surgery.

Study details: A single-center retrospective chart review of 180 patients who had surgical palliation from January 2005 to January 2017.

Disclosures: Dr. Shemmeri had no relationships to disclose. Coauthor Brian Louie, MD, reported financial relationships with Boston Scientific, ERBE, and Olympus.


Shemmeri E et al. SAGES 2019, Presentation S085.