Effectiveness of Rupture of Schatzki's Ring Using Biopsy Forceps Versus SIngle Dilation
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01200147
Verified September 2010 by Nova Scotia Health Authority. Recruitment status was: Not yet recruiting
Dysphagia is a common reason for referal to the investigators Gastoenterology service. As many as 14% of patients undergoing radiological studies for dysphagia are found to have schatzki rings. Current recommendations for treatment of patients with symptomatic Schatzki rings are based on ancedotal experience and uncontrolled studies. The only randomized study on comparison of techniques the investigators were able to locate was published in 2000 and included only 26 patients. This study demonstrated that the biopsy techinque was as effective as and better tolerated than the standard dilation technique. Considering that the cost and time required for dilatation is greater than the basic biopsy technique, significant cost savings could be achieved using the biopsy technique. As well, patient satisfaction is an important factor considering that Schatzki rings can recur and repeated endoscopy is often required. Therefore, a study that shows a technique to be as or better than the current standard in effectiveness, cost, time, and patient comfort could lead to shift in current practice.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 80 Years (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Presenting to endoscopy unit with symptoms of dysphagia or known history of schatzki ring
Prior esophageal or gastric surgery, severe esophagitis, coagulopathy