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  • 2013-06-11

Laparoscopic partial fundoplication in a patient with scleroderma and severe GERD

Epublication WebSurg.com, Jun 2013;13(06). URL:
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Scleroderma is associated with severe esophageal dysmotility and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Results after antireflux surgery have been suboptimal due to the profound esophageal dysmotility observed in this disease. Here, we show the case of a 54-year-old patient with scleroderma and severe GERD. The patient presented with both typical GERD symptoms, persistent cough unresponsive to high dose of PPIs, and dysphagia to solids. Preoperative work-up included high-resolution (HR) manometry, which showed a hypotensive lower esophageal sphincter and severely impaired peristalsis as well as impedance pH monitoring, which confirmed the presence of pathological reflux, mainly acid, occurring mostly at night in a recumbent position.