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Endoscopic Myotomy of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter for Achalasia (POEM)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2012 by Lee Swanstrom, The Oregon Clinic.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lee Swanstrom, The Oregon Clinic Identifier:
First received: July 19, 2011
Last updated: April 12, 2012
Last verified: April 2012
This is a study of the safety and efficacy of a new surgical procedure using endoscopic instruments and a tunneling technique to reach the LES for dissection. We hypothesize that this technique provides an incisionless, less invasive option with similar functional outcome compared to standard Heller myotomy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Procedure: Endoscopic Myotomy
Procedure: Endoscopic Myotomy for treatment of achalasia
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Endoscopic Submucosal Tunnel Dissection for Endoluminal Partial Myotomy of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter for Achalasia

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Further study details as provided by Lee Swanstrom, The Oregon Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improved quality of life as defined by survey pre and post surgery [ Time Frame: six months ]
    patients diagnosed with achalasia will be given a quality of life survey before surgery and again six months after surgery.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Negative pH test [ Time Frame: six months ]
    Patients will be required to have 24 hour pH testing after surgery.

  • Bleeding [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    recorded blood loss will be taken during surgery.

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: September 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Endoscopic Myotomy Procedure: Endoscopic Myotomy
Patients will receive the surgical procedure described in the summary (POEM).
Other Name: POEM
Procedure: Endoscopic Myotomy for treatment of achalasia
Surgical procedure
Other Name: POEM

Detailed Description:
By the endoscopic creation of an esophageal submucosal tunnel the inner circular muscle layer can be easily visualized. In contrast to conventional Heller myotomy, the dissection of only the inner circular esophageal muscle layer leaves the outer longitudinal muscle layer intact. Thereby, post-interventional reflux disease should be avoided.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ability to undergo general anesthesia
  • Age > 18 yrs. of age and < 85 yrs. of age
  • Ability to give informed consent
  • Candidate for elective Heller myotomy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous mediastinal or esophageal surgery
  • Contraindications for esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • BMI > 45
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01399476

Contact: Angi B Gill, RN 503-281-0561

United States, Oregon
The Oregon Clinic Recruiting
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97210
Contact: Angi B Gill, RN    503-281-0561   
Principal Investigator: Lee L Swanstrom, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Oregon Clinic
Principal Investigator: Lee L Swanstrom, MD The Oregon Clinic
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Lee Swanstrom, Lee Swanstrom, MD, The Oregon Clinic Identifier: NCT01399476     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1056
Study First Received: July 19, 2011
Last Updated: April 12, 2012

Keywords provided by Lee Swanstrom, The Oregon Clinic:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Esophageal Achalasia
Esophageal Motility Disorders
Deglutition Disorders
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017