Office-based procedures for diagnosis and treatment of esophageal pathology
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SourceHead and Neck : Journal for the Sciences and Specialties of the Head and Neck, 39, 9, (2017), pp. 1910-1919
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Head and Neck : Journal for the Sciences and Specialties of the Head and Neck
SubjectRadboudumc 9: Rare cancers RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic and therapeutic office-based procedures under topical anesthesia are emerging in the daily practice of laryngologists and head and neck surgeons. Since the introduction of the transnasal esophagoscope, office-based procedures for the esophagus are increasingly performed. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of literature on office-based procedures under topical anesthesia for the esophagus. RESULTS: Transnasal esophagoscopy is an extensively investigated office-based procedure. This procedure shows better patient tolerability and equivalent accuracy compared to conventional transoral esophagoscopy, as well as time and cost savings. Secondary tracheoesophageal puncture, esophageal dilatation, esophageal sphincter injection, and foreign body removal are less investigated, but show promising results. DISCUSSION: With the introduction of the transnasal esophagoscope, an increasing number of diagnostic and therapeutic office-based procedures for the esophagus are possible, with multiple advantages. Further investigation must prove the clinical feasibility and effectiveness of the therapeutic office-based procedures.
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