Levels of muscle enzymes in the serum after esophageal pneumatic dilation in patients with achalasia

N. A. Kimchi, Y. Ron, D. Abramowich, H. Shirin, E. Scapa, Y. Avni

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Abstract

The success rate of pneumatic dilation of the esophagus in patients with achalasia is variable. We aim to assess whether levels of muscle enzymes in the serum are useful for predicting the efficacy of this procedure. Consecutive adults with symptomatic achalasia treated with pneumatic dilation were included. Blood samples were taken immediately before the procedure and after 12, 24 and 32 h. Clinical efficacy of the pneumatic dilation was evaluated on the basis of a symptom score defined prior to, and 2 months after the procedure. Eleven patients underwent 13 pneumatic dilations. In nine patients this was the first dilation attempt. Ten dilations were clinically effective. The study was discontinued after enzyme levels did not show a trend of increase in any of our patients. Moreover, a stastistically significant unexpected decrease in creatine phosphokinase values was found 12 h after the procedure, among the 10 successful dilations. We believe that levels of muscle enzymes in the serum cannot predict the efficacy of pneumatic dilation in patients with achalasia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-334
Number of pages3
JournalDiseases of the Esophagus
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

Keywords

  • Balloon dilation
  • Creatine kinase
  • Esophageal achalasia

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