Paraesophageal Hernia and Barrett Esophagu

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Paraesophageal Hernia and Barrett Esophagus.

This is the case of a 63 year-old woman that has been
suffering of long-standing reflux disease.

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Paraesophageal Hernia and Barrett Esophagu

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Paraesophageal Hernia and Barrett Esophagu

Hiatal hernias may be classified into one of four types. Type I (sliding hiatal hernia) in which there is a migration of the esophago-gastric junction above the diaphragm into the thorax is the most common.

Type II is a true paraesophageal hernia in which the stomach herniates into the thorax, but the esophago-gastric junction remains fixed in its normal anatomic location below the diaphragm. Type III (mixed paraesophageal hernia) is a combination of a sliding hiatal hernia with some or all of the stomach herniating above the esophago-gastric junction.

Type IV are those hiatal hernias which include abdominal viscera and/or solid organs within the hernia sac.

Rarely, a parahiatal hernia, where gastric herniation occurs through a diaphragmatic defect separate from the hiatus, may be seen.

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Sliding Hiatal Hernia.

The patient has also a complex hernia.



Barrett Esophagus.

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Our patient also has barrett esophagus.


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Barrett Esophagus.

Tongues of Barrett's metaplasia.






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Inside the Paraesophageal hernia, there are fibers accumulated.


Endoscopic Ablation of Barrett's esophagus with argon plasma coagulator.

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Endoscopic Ablation of Barrett's esophagus with argon plasma coagulator.

Management of Barrett esophagus is still a clinical challenge, although the incidence of cancer appears to be low, occurring in 0.5% of patients with Barrett esophagus.

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Argon plasma coagulation is one of several techniques
used to ablate Barrett's esophagus.

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Endoscopic ablation of Barrett's esophagus using high power setting argon plasma coagulation 90 watts.

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Mechanical ablation includes: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), and removing the area by biopsying it..

EMR appears to be a reasonable option to esophagectomy in patients with high grade dysplasia or adenocarcinoma limited to the mucosa It appears logical to start the evaluation of a person with Barrett’s esophagus with a suspicious lesion (polyp, nodule, erosion and so on) or an already diagnosed adenocarcinoma with endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).
This can help better define the target lesion and confirm that malignancy is limited to the mucosa. The next step would be to remove the target lesion by EMR (strip or suck methods).

After EMR has eliminated the area of invasive cancer, the remainder of the dysplastic mucosa can be managed by less invasive ablative techniques like photodynamic therapy (PDT), argon plasma coagulation (APC) or multipolar electrocoagulation (MPEC).

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APC is a technique that delivers controlled monopolar electrocoagulation via a stream of ionized argon gas ignited by a high voltage discharged at the tip of a specialized flexible probe.

It is a noncontact ablative method with a predetermined depth of injury (approximately 2 mm) that is most often used for coagulation of bleeding surface lesions such as arteriovenous malformations.

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Estatus posterior a la terapia ablativa.

APC treatment of Barrett's esophagus is simple, efficacious and safe. Reversal of Barrett's mucosa can be achieved by a few endoscopic sessions. But long term follow-up studies on many patients are necessary to establish the frequency of endoscopic surveillance on the basis of recurrence or dysplasia evolution risk, in spite of APC treatment.

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A follow up endoscopy was performed six months after the APC ablation.

Due to the APC ablation the tongues have been shortened,
but there is Barrett epithelium yet, a new session of APC
will be programmed. 


Para Esophageal Hernia.

One must see the video clip.

There is a small diverticula that can also be seen.


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