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Impact of prior treatment on feasibility and outcomes of Zenker’s peroral endoscopic myotomy (Z-POEM)
Background Zenker’s peroral endoscopic myotomy (Z-POEM) is a novel procedure for the management of symptomatic Zenker’s diverticulum. This study aims to report the technical feasibility and outcomes of Z-POEM in the management of Zenker’s diverticulum after prior failed interventions.
Methods Patients with persistent or recurrent symptoms after prior endoscopic and/or surgical intervention for Zenker’s diverticulum were retrospectively included. The primary outcome was clinical success, defined as complete or near complete resolution of dysphagia (dysphagia score of 0 or 1) without the need for repeat endoscopic or surgical intervention during follow-up.
Results Z-POEM was technically successful in 30/32 patients (93.8 %). Clinical success was achieved in 29/30 patients (96.7 %), and Z-POEM significantly reduced the median (interquartile range [IQR]) dysphagia score of patients from 2 (1 – 2) to 0 (0) (P < 0.001) over a median duration of follow up of 166 days (IQR 39 – 566). Four patients (12.5 %) had adverse events (two inadvertent mucosotomies and two leaks found on post-procedural esophagrams).
Conclusion Z-POEM is feasible, safe, and effective in the majority of patients with recurrent symptoms after prior surgical or endoscopic interventions.
Received: 27 May 2020
Accepted: 17 September 2020
23 October 2020 (online)
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