Medline ® Abstract for Reference 5
of 'Approach to the evaluation of dysphagia in adults'
Functional Esophageal Disorders.
Aziz Q, Fass R, Gyawali CP, Miwa H, Pandolfino JE, Zerbib F
Functional esophageal disorders consist of a disease category that present with esophageal symptoms (heartburn, chest pain, dysphagia, globus) not explained by mechanical obstruction (stricture, tumor, eosinophilic esophagitis), major motor disorders (achalasia, EGJ outflow obstruction, absent contractility, distal esophageal spasm, jackhammer esophagus), or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). While mechanisms responsible are unclear, it is theorized that visceral hypersensitivity and hypervigilance play an important role in symptom generation, in the context of normal or borderline function. Treatments directed at improving borderline motor dysfunction or reducing reflux burden to sub-normal levels have limited success in symptom improvement. In contrast, strategies focused on modulating peripheral triggering and central perception are mechanistically viable and clinically meaningful. However, outcome data from these treatment options are limited. Future research needs to focus on understanding mechanisms underlying visceral hypersensitivity and hypervigilance so that appropriate targets and therapies can be developed.
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor, Wingate Institute of Neurogastroneterology, Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London UK, London UK.