Magnetic device may reduce esophageal acid exposure

02/21/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Data from 100 patients who had a strand of magnetic beads implanted around their esophageal sphincter found 64 reached either normal acid exposure in the esophagus or experienced at least a 50% reduction in acid exposure at one-year follow-up. The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Robert Ganz and colleagues from Minnesota Gastroenterology showed 93% of patients saw at least a 50% reduction in the use of proton pump inhibitors but also noted considerable adverse events, including dysphagia.

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