Data from a multicenter study suggest electrical stimulation of the lower sphincter can treat refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease, adding to data from a single-center study that showed the approach yielded long-term benefits. Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine told attendees at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting the treatment is for patients who do not fully respond to proton pump inhibitors and offers an option to Nissen fundoplication, which can have side effects.

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