ENDOSCOPIC STAPLING TREATMENT OF PHARYNGEAL POUCH

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Abstract

Background:

We describe our experience of a recently reported endoscopic stapling technique for the treatment of pharyngeal pouch.

Methods:

In contrast to other endoscopic procedures, which only divide the common wall between oesophagus and diverticulum, the linear cutting stapler also tightly seals the divided edges of mucosa and muscle.

Results:

The procedure was performed without complications in three patients with complete resolution of pre-treatment symptoms.

Conclusions:

To our knowledge this is the first report of the use of this procedure in Australia. This endoscopic stapling operation appears to be safe, simple and cost-effective and offers advantages over previously used techniques.

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