Novel Per-Oral Cricopharyngotomy for Cricopharyngeal Bar: Feasibility Study With Emphasis on Technical Limitations.
Per-oral endoscopic cricopharyngotomy (c-POEM) is a treatment for cricopharyngeal dysfunction, specifically cricopharyngeal bars (CPB). C-POEM differs from other endoscopic surgical procedures, such as per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), gastric per-oral endoscopic myotomy (g-POEM), and Zenker per-oral endoscopic myotomy (z-POEM). We report three patients who underwent c-POEM for CPB, their clinical course, and outcomes. We underwent a single institution retrospective chart review of three patients who underwent c-POEM and their immediate postoperative course. These three patients represent all patients who underwent c-POEM. The operating surgeons were experienced endoscopists who regularly performed endoscopic myotomy. The three patients were female, over 50 years old, and presented with dysphagia secondary to the CPB. All three patients had perioperative complications consistent with esophageal leaks requiring prolonged hospital courses and recovery. All three patients had improved but persistent dysphagia up to nine months following the procedure. The results of this small case series exemplify the high rate of complications, specifically postoperative esophageal leak, when performing c-POEM for CPB. Thus, we stress caution and recommend against performing c-POEM for CPB.
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Pittala, K., Reinhart, N., Sujka, J. A., Velanovich, V., & DuCoin, C. G. (2023). Novel Per-Oral Cricopharyngotomy for Cricopharyngeal Bar: Feasibility Study With Emphasis on Technical Limitations. Cureus, 15(3), e36663. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.36663
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