Mears, E.A.; Jenkins, C.C.
Megaesophagus is rare in cats and occurs as a congenital or secondary acquired disorder. In dogs, megaesophagus can occur as a congenital disorder, as a secondary acquired disorder, or as an adult-onset idiopathic disease. This article reviews the anatomy, pathogenesis, causes, clinical signs, diagnosis, and management of megaesophagus. Pathogenesis includes experimental evidence that evaluates the neural pathway of affected patients. The many disease that can cause megaesophagus are delineated. Discussion focuses on the most common causes-myasthenia gravis, hypoadrenocorticism and possibly hypothyroidism, and the obstructive lesions of the esophagus (vascular ring anomalies, tumors, granulomas, strictures, and foreign bodies). The most common clinical sign associated with megaesophagus is regurgitation. Traditional as well as newer techniques (i.e., manometry and nuclear scintigraphy) for evaluating esophageal motility are presented. Definitive diagnosis requires identification of a dilated esophagus on survey thoracic radiographs or a barium esophagogram. Medical management, including alternative feeding methods and the role of prokinetic drugs, is discussed
Forbes, Douglas C.; Leishman, Dyan E.
Megaesophagus in an eight month old Siamese cat is described. Initially, a cause for the vomiting was not discovered and the cat was treated for pyloric spasm. Several months later the same cat, in poor physical condition, was presented with a palpable bulge along its ventral neck. At this time a very dilated and flaccid esophagus was found. An exploratory thoracotomy was done but a cause for the megaesophagus was not discovered.
Fabio Di Stefano
Full Text Available Megaesophagus as the end result of achalasia is the consequence of disordered peristalsis and the slow decompensation of the esophageal muscular layer. The main symptoms of achalasia are dysphagia, regurgitation, chest pain and weight loss, but respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, particularly when patients lie in a horizontal position, may also be common due to microaspiration. A 70-year old woman suffered from a nocturnal cough and shortness of breath with stridor. She reported difficulty in swallowing food over the past ten years, but had adapted by eating a semi-liquid diet. Chest X-ray showed right hemithorax patchy opacities projecting from the posterior mediastinum. Chest computed tomography scan showed a marked dilatation of the esophagus with abundant food residues. Endoscopy confirmed the diagnosis of megaesophagus due to esophageal achalasia, excluding other causes of obstruction, such as secondary esophagitis, polyps, leiomyoma or leiomyosarcoma. In the elderly population, swallowing difficulties due to esophageal achalasia are often underestimated and less troublesome than the respiratory symptoms that are caused by microaspiration. The diagnosis of esophageal achalasia, although uncommon, should be considered in patients with nocturnal chronic coughs and shortness of breath with stridor when concomitant swallowing difficulties are present.
Pereira, A.B.; Barros, N. de; Souza Rocha, M. de; Cerri, G.G.; Cecconello, I.; Pinotti, H.W.; Almeida Magalhaes, A. de
Two cases of chagasic megaesophagus associated with neoplasia are presented in this article: one with early and another with advanced neoplasia. Comments on their clinic, endoscopic and radiologic examinations are presented. Computerized tomography and anatomopathologic findings are also discussed and reviewed. We emphasize on the need of a previous esophagic preparation for the radiological examination in order to obtain an adequate diagnosis of neoplasia associated with megaesophagus mainly in the early phase of the disease. (author)
Eduardo Melo Nascimento
Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Megaesophagus is a rare disease in ruminants characterized by regurgitation of rumen contents. In this paper it was described cases of megaesophagus in two sheep and two goats on a farm in the state of Paraíba, Northeastern Brazil. All animals showed regurgitation of rumen contents and weight loss, with a clinical course of several months. At necropsy all animals presented megaesophagus. Histological examination showed segmental muscle necrosis in the esophagus and skeletal muscles. Serum samples from one sheep and one goat were negative for the presence of blue tongue antibodies by ELISA, and whole blood and muscle samples from one goat were negative for this virus by RT PCR. Epidemiological data and pathology suggested that the disease could have been caused by some toxic plant, but known plants causing segmental muscle necrosis were not observed in the areas where the disease occurred.
B. G. Natesh
Full Text Available We present an interesting case of an elderly lady who presented with stridor caused by megaesophagus secondary to an acquired idiopathic dysmotility disorder. We discuss the aetiology and management of megaesophagus secondary to this condition and how it differs from megaesophagus secondary to achalasia.
Natesh, B. G.; Caton, N.; Kim, D.; Shetty, A.
We present an interesting case of an elderly lady who presented with stridor caused by megaesophagus secondary to an acquired idiopathic dysmotility disorder. We discuss the aetiology and management of megaesophagus secondary to this condition and how it differs from megaesophagus secondary to achalasia.
Silva Ana E
Full Text Available Abstract Background Chagas' disease is a human tropical parasitic illness and a subset of the chronic patients develop megaesophagus or megacolon. The esophagus dilation is known as chagasic megaesophagus (CM and one of the severe late consequences of CM is the increased risk for esophageal carcinoma (ESCC. Based on the association between CM and ESCC, we investigated whether genes frequently showing unbalanced copy numbers in ESCC were altered in CM by fluorescence in situ (FISH technology. Methods A total of 50 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded esophageal mucosa specimens (40 from Chagas megaesophagus-CM, and 10 normal esophageal mucosa-NM were analyzed. DNA FISH probes were tested for FHIT, TP63, PIK3CA, EGFR, FGFR1, MYC, CDKN2A, YES1 and NCOA3 genes, and centromeric sequences from chromosomes 3, 7 and 9. Results No differences between superficial and basal layers of the epithelial mucosa were found, except for loss of copy number of EGFR in the esophageal basal layer of CM group. Mean copy number of CDKN2A and CEP9 and frequency of nuclei with loss of PIK3CA were significantly different in the CM group compared with normal mucosa and marginal levels of deletions in TP63, FHIT, PIK3CA, EGFR, CDKN2A, YES and gains at PIK3CA, TP63, FGFR1, MYC, CDNK2A and NCOA3 were detected in few CM cases, mainly with dilation grades III and IV. All changes occurred at very low levels. Conclusions Genomic imbalances common in esophageal carcinomas are not present in chagasic megaesophagus suggesting that these features will not be effective markers for risk assessment of ESCC in patients with chagasic megaesophagus.
Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of cholelithiasis in the general population ranges from 9 to 18%. This prevalence is known to be higher in the presence of parasympathetic nerve damage of the biliary tract either due to surgery (vagotomy or neuronal destruction (Chagas disease. The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of cholelithiasis and chagasic or idiopathic megaesophagus. METHODS: The ultrasound scans of 152 patients with megaesophagus submitted to cardiomyotomy and subtotal esophagectomy surgery were evaluated. The presence of cholelithiasis was compared between chagasic and idiopathic esophagopathy and ultrasound and clinical findings were correlated with age, sex and race. RESULTS: A total of 152 cases of megaesophagus, including 137 with chagasic megaesophagus and 15 with idiopathic megaesophagus, were analyzed. The mean age was 56.7 years (45-67 in the 137 patients with chagasic megaesophagus and 35.6 years (27-44 in the 15 cases of idiopathic megaesophagus, with a significant difference between the two groups (p < 0.0001. The group with chagasic megaesophagus consisted of 59 (43% women and 78 (56.9% men, while the group with idiopathic megaesophagus consisted of 8 (53.3% women and 7 (46.6% men, showing no significant difference between the groups. Of the 137 patients with confirmed chagasic megaesophagus, 39 (28.4% presented cholelithiasis versus one case (6.6% in the 15 patients with idiopathic megaesophagus. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of cholelithiasis is high in patients with chagasic megaesophagus and preoperative ultrasound should be performed routinely in these patients in order to treat both conditions during the same surgical procedure.
Martins, Paula; Ferreira, Cid Sergio; Cunha-Melo, José Renan
Abstract The aim of this study was to determine the esophageal transit time in control individuals and in chagasic patients with or without megaesophagus. A total of 148 patients were allocated in 6 groups according to serological diagnostic of Chagas disease and the degree of esophageal dilatation: A, control healthy individuals (n = 34, 22.9%); B, indeterminate form (n = 23, 15.5%); C, megaesophagus I (n = 37, 25.0%); D, megaesophagus II (n = 19, 12.8%); E, megaesophagus III (n = 21, 14.2%); and F, megaesophagus IV (n = 14, 9.5%). After 8-hour fasting, patients were asked to swallow 75 mL of barium sulfate solution. x-Rays were obtained after 8, 30, 60, and 90 seconds, 5, 10, 30, 60, and 90 minutes, 2, 6, 12, 24 hours, and at every 12 hours until no more contrast was seen in the esophagus. This was the transit time. The transit time varied from 8 seconds to 36 hours (median = 90 seconds). A linear correlation was observed between transit time and megaesophagus grade: 8 seconds in groups A and B, 5 minutes in C, 30 minutes in D, 2 hours in E, and 9:15 hours in F. Dysphagia was not reported by 60 of 114 (52.6%) patients with positive serological tests for Chagas disease (37/91—40.7%—of patients with megaesophagus I–IV grades). The esophageal transit time increased with the grade of megaesophagus. The esophageal transit time has a direct correlation with the grade of megaesophagus; dysphagia complaint correlates with the grade of megaesophagus. However, many patients with megaesophagus do not report dysphagia. PMID:29517674
Eduardo Crema; Ellen Caroline Rosa Resende Silva; Priscila Melo Franciscon; Virmondes Rodrigues Júnior; Aiodair Martins Júnior; Celso Júnior Oliveira Teles; Alex Augusto Silva
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of cholelithiasis in the general population ranges from 9 to 18%. This prevalence is known to be higher in the presence of parasympathetic nerve damage of the biliary tract either due to surgery (vagotomy) or neuronal destruction (Chagas disease). The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of cholelithiasis and chagasic or idiopathic megaesophagus. METHODS: The ultrasound scans of 152 patients with megaesophagus submitted to cardiomyotomy and subt...
Boria, Pedro A.; Webster, Cynthia R.L.; Berg, John
A 5-year-old, castrated male, golden retriever was presented with a history of regurgitation. An esophagram revealed normal peristalsis with failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to open, supporting the diagnosis of esophageal achalasia. Prior to surgery, the dog developed megaesophagus. Heller's esophagomyotomy resolved the clinical signs and the esophageal dilation. PMID:12677694
Shimamura, S.; Shimizu, M.; Kobayashi, M.; Hirao, H.; Tanaka, R.; Yamane, Y.
A seven-year-old, female, domestic short hair cat was presented with a history of chronic anorexia. Radiographic examination revealed a large space-occupying calcified mass in the abdominal cavity. The mass was located in pylorus and did not extend into the duodenum and surrounding tissues. Billroth I gastroduodenostomy was conducted to remove the mass. Histopathological examination of the mass showed a lymphoma. Although Recovery following the operation was excellent, the patient showed intermittent vomiting unrelated to feeding. Radiographical examination revealed a megaesophagus, which was assumed to be a complication of the Billroth I procedure, since the condition was not observed before the procedure
Ye, M; Zhang, Q; Xu, X; Zhang, Q; Ge, Y; Geng, P; Yan, J; Luo, L; Sun, Y; Liang, X
Megaesophagus is a disease where peristalsis fails to occur properly and esophagus is enlarged. The etiology and mechanism of megaesophagus are not well understood. In this study, we reported that junctional adhesion molecule C (JAM-C) knockout mice on a C57/B6 background developed progressive megaesophagus from embryonic day (E) 15.5 onward with complete penetrance. JAM-C knockout mice exhibited a significant reduction in the number of nerve fibers/ganglia in the wall of the esophagus. However, histological analysis revealed that the esophageal wall thickness and structure of JAM-C knockout mice at embryonic stages and young adult were comparable to that of control littermates. Thus, megaesophagus observed in JAM-C knockout mice could be attributed, at least in part, to impaired esophageal innervations. Our data suggest JAM-C as a potential candidate gene for human megaesophagus, and JAM-C knockout mice might serve as a model for the study of human megaesophagus. © 2015 International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus.
Martins, Paula; Ferreira, Cid Sergio; Cunha-Melo, José Renan
The aim of this study was to determine the esophageal transit time in control individuals and in chagasic patients with or without megaesophagus.A total of 148 patients were allocated in 6 groups according to serological diagnostic of Chagas disease and the degree of esophageal dilatation: A, control healthy individuals (n = 34, 22.9%); B, indeterminate form (n = 23, 15.5%); C, megaesophagus I (n = 37, 25.0%); D, megaesophagus II (n = 19, 12.8%); E, megaesophagus III (n = 21, 14.2%); and F, megaesophagus IV (n = 14, 9.5%). After 8-hour fasting, patients were asked to swallow 75 mL of barium sulfate solution. x-Rays were obtained after 8, 30, 60, and 90 seconds, 5, 10, 30, 60, and 90 minutes, 2, 6, 12, 24 hours, and at every 12 hours until no more contrast was seen in the esophagus. This was the transit time.The transit time varied from 8 seconds to 36 hours (median = 90 seconds). A linear correlation was observed between transit time and megaesophagus grade: 8 seconds in groups A and B, 5 minutes in C, 30 minutes in D, 2 hours in E, and 9:15 hours in F. Dysphagia was not reported by 60 of 114 (52.6%) patients with positive serological tests for Chagas disease (37/91-40.7%-of patients with megaesophagus I-IV grades). The esophageal transit time increased with the grade of megaesophagus.The esophageal transit time has a direct correlation with the grade of megaesophagus; dysphagia complaint correlates with the grade of megaesophagus. However, many patients with megaesophagus do not report dysphagia.
Komine, M; Langohr, I M; Kiupel, M
Friesian horses have a perceived high rate of congenital or hereditary diseases, including megaesophagus, that may lead to choke and death. A retrospective study was performed to determine the prevalence and pathologic characteristics of esophageal disease in 852 horses, including 17 Friesians, that had been necropsied over a 6-year period at the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. Forty-two horses had grossly described esophageal lesions (25 muscular hypertrophy, 7 hemorrhage, 6 megaesophagus, 4 erosion/ulceration, 3 obstruction, 2 tears, 2 secondary neoplasms, 2 lymphoid patches, 1 thin wall, 1 esophagitis). Some of these lesions occurred concurrently in the same horse. Ten of these horses died or were euthanatized because of severe esophageal disease (6 megaesophagus causing tears in 2 horses, 3 esophageal obstruction with food bolus, and 1 esophagitis). All 6 horses with megaesophagus were Friesians. No cause for megaesophagus was noted in the necropsy reports; however, 5 of these 6 Friesians had marked caudal esophageal muscular hypertrophy (wall thickness: 1.9 ± 0.3 cm). Microscopic review of the esophagus of these Friesians confirmed smooth muscle hypertrophy, with no obvious fibrosis, degeneration, or loss of myenteric plexi. Unlike the Friesians, the 4 non-Friesian horses with severe esophageal disease had esophageal obstruction with an intraluminal food bolus or severe esophagitis. None had caudal esophageal muscular hypertrophy. It is concluded that in comparison to other horse breeds, Friesians have a higher prevalence of severe esophageal disease, specifically megaesophagus, that is commonly associated with marked caudal muscular hypertrophy. © The Author(s) 2013.
Diogo Henrique Saliba de Souza
Full Text Available Introduction Chagasic megaesophagus (CM is the most common digestive manifestation of Chagas disease in Brazil, and the State of Goiás is one of the most affected regions. In recent decades, the Hospital das Clínicas (HC/Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG has been a reference center for the study and treatment of CM. The objective of this study was to characterize the current epidemiological profile of patients with CM observed at the HC of the UFG from 1998 to 2010. Methods In total, 939 patient records were analyzed, and age, gender, place of birth, serology, symptoms and radiological classification according to Rezende et al. were analyzed. Results The median patient age was 55 years. Male patients were more (54% prevalent than female patients. The prevalence of younger patients (less than 31 years of age was 4.2%, but 82.1% of the younger patients were from State of Bahia. Patients older than 40 years were the majority (85.5%. The radiological groups were distributed as follows: Group I (35.9%, Group II (32.9%, Group III (17% and Group IV (14.2%. Conclusions Compared with previous studies by the same group in 1975, 1994 and 1995, the number of younger patients decreased, and the frequency curve has shifted to older patients.
J. Moritz Kaths
Conclusion: This report emphasizes that physicians should be alert and consider airway obstruction and signs of dyspnea as severe and threatening symptoms in extensive cases of achalasia with megaesophagus. Early surgical treatment provides a therapeutic option to obviate the occurrence of acute respiratory distress and consecutive complications. In particular, difficulties in intubation prior to surgery must be considered.
José Luis Braga de AQUINO
Full Text Available ABSTRACT Background Since Chagas disease has esophageal manifestations with different degrees of involvement, the best surgical option is controversial, especially for patients with advanced chagasic megaesophagus and recurrent symptoms after previous treatment. Objective To assess the early and late outcomes of esophagocardioplasty in a series of patients with advanced recurrent chagasic megaesophagus. Methods This descriptive study included 19 older patients with recurrent megaesophagus grade III/IV and positive immunofluorescence for Chagas disease. They had undergone cardiomyotomy with anterior fundoplication a mean of 16.5 years ago. Serra-Doria esophagocardioplasty was selected to treat the recurrence. The patients were followed to assess postoperative and late complications and the incidence of symptom recurrence. Results In early assessment, five (26.3% patients presented clinical complications. One (5.2% patient had a gastrointestinal fistula secondary to esophagogastric anastomotic leak, which responded well to conservative treatment. In the one-year follow-up, 18 (94.7% patients could swallow normally and had no vomiting. Three years after surgery, 10 (62.5% of 16 patients could swallow normally, and 3 (19.3% patients complained of vomiting. Five years after surgery, only 5 (38.4% of 13 patients could swallow normally and 7 (53.8% had vomiting. Conclusion Serra-Doria esophagocardioplasty for the treatment of advanced recurrent megaesophagus had mild postoperative complications and good success rate in the short-term follow-up. In the long-term follow-up, it proved to be a poor surgery choice because of the high incidence of symptom recurrence, compromising quality of life. This procedure should be indicated only for patients with advanced recurrent megaesophagus without clinical conditions to undergo esophageal resection.
Aquino, José Luis Braga de; Said, Marcelo Manzano; Pereira, Douglas Alexandre Rizzanti; Leandro-Merhi, Vânia Aparecida; Nascimento, Paula Casals do; Reis, Virgínia Vieitez
Since Chagas disease has esophageal manifestations with different degrees of involvement, the best surgical option is controversial, especially for patients with advanced chagasic megaesophagus and recurrent symptoms after previous treatment. To assess the early and late outcomes of esophagocardioplasty in a series of patients with advanced recurrent chagasic megaesophagus. This descriptive study included 19 older patients with recurrent megaesophagus grade III/IV and positive immunofluorescence for Chagas disease. They had undergone cardiomyotomy with anterior fundoplication a mean of 16.5 years ago. Serra-Doria esophagocardioplasty was selected to treat the recurrence. The patients were followed to assess postoperative and late complications and the incidence of symptom recurrence. In early assessment, five (26.3%) patients presented clinical complications. One (5.2%) patient had a gastrointestinal fistula secondary to esophagogastric anastomotic leak, which responded well to conservative treatment. In the one-year follow-up, 18 (94.7%) patients could swallow normally and had no vomiting. Three years after surgery, 10 (62.5%) of 16 patients could swallow normally, and 3 (19.3%) patients complained of vomiting. Five years after surgery, only 5 (38.4%) of 13 patients could swallow normally and 7 (53.8%) had vomiting. Serra-Doria esophagocardioplasty for the treatment of advanced recurrent megaesophagus had mild postoperative complications and good success rate in the short-term follow-up. In the long-term follow-up, it proved to be a poor surgery choice because of the high incidence of symptom recurrence, compromising quality of life. This procedure should be indicated only for patients with advanced recurrent megaesophagus without clinical conditions to undergo esophageal resection.
Pang, J; Borjeson, T M; Muthupalani, S; Ducore, R M; Carr, C A; Feng, Y; Sullivan, M P; Cristofaro, V; Luo, J; Lindstrom, J M; Fox, J G
Megaesophagus is defined as the abnormal enlargement or dilatation of the esophagus, characterized by a lack of normal contraction of the esophageal walls. This is called achalasia when associated with reduced or no relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). To date, there are few naturally occurring models for this disease. A colony of transgenic (Pvrl3-Cre) rats presented with megaesophagus at 3 to 4 months of age; further breeding studies revealed a prevalence of 90% of transgene-positive animals having megaesophagus. Affected rats could be maintained on a total liquid diet long term and were shown to display the classic features of dilated esophagus, closed lower esophageal sphincter, and abnormal contractions on contrast radiography and fluoroscopy. Histologically, the findings of muscle degeneration, inflammation, and a reduced number of myenteric ganglia in the esophagus combined with ultrastructural lesions of muscle fiber disarray and mitochondrial changes in the striated muscle of these animals closely mimic that seen in the human condition. Muscle contractile studies looking at the response of the lower esophageal sphincter and fundus to electrical field stimulation, sodium nitroprusside, and L-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester also demonstrate the similarity between megaesophagus in the transgenic rats and patients with achalasia. No primary cause for megaesophagus was found, but the close parallel to the human form of the disease, as well as ease of care and manipulation of these rats, makes this a suitable model to better understand the etiology of achalasia as well as study new management and treatment options for this incurable condition. © The Author(s) 2014.
Kaths, J. Moritz; Foltys, Daniel B.; Scheuermann, Uwe; Strempel, Mari; Niebisch, Stefan; Ebert, Maren; Jansen-Winkeln, Boris; Gockel, Ines; Lang, Hauke
Introduction Achalasia is one of the most common causes of dysphagia. Typical symptoms include difficulties in controlling the swallowing process, regurgitation, weight loss, and chest pain. A megaesophagus rarely causes tracheal compression with consecutive acute dyspnea or similar respiratory symptoms. Presentation of case A 23-year-old male patient presented with difficulties in swallowing, a consecutive massive weight loss over the past three years, and minor respiratory ailments. Further diagnostics revealed a megaesophagus caused by achalasia leading to a severe compression of the trachea. A laparoscopic Heller myotomy with anterior semi-fundoplication 180° according to Dor was performed. Discussion Acute dyspnea and similar respiratory symptoms are rarely observed in patients with achalasia, especially in young patients. Early diagnosis and timely, proper treatment are the hallmarks of restoring esophageal and tracheobronchial function and of successful prevention of severe long-lasting complications of the disease. When not treated properly, the disease may have progressed rapidly, leading to distinct respiratory symptoms such as stridor and acute dyspnea Conclusion This report emphasizes that physicians should be alert and consider airway obstruction and signs of dyspnea as severe and threatening symptoms in extensive cases of achalasia with megaesophagus. Early surgical treatment provides a therapeutic option to obviate the occurrence of acute respiratory distress and consecutive complications. In particular, difficulties in intubation prior to surgery must be considered. PMID:26209755
Manning, K; Birkenheuer, A J; Briley, J; Montgomery, S A; Harris, J; Vanone, S L; Gookin, J L
Megaesophagus carries a poor to guarded prognosis due to death from aspiration pneumonia. Options for medical management of regurgitation are limited to strategic oral or gastrostomy tube feeding. To describe the use and efficacy of intermittent esophageal suctioning to prevent regurgitation and associated episodes of aspiration pneumonia in dogs with megaesophagus. Four dogs with acquired idiopathic megaesophagus and recurrent aspiration pneumonia. Retrospective review of medical records of dogs with megaesophagus in which intermittent suctioning of esophageal content was employed for management of recurrent aspiration pneumonia. Intermittent suctioning of the esophagus was initiated in 4 dogs after failure of strict gastrostomy tube feeding failed to prevent regurgitation and repeated episodes of aspiration pneumonia. Suctioning was accomplished by esophagostomy tube in 3 dogs and per os in 1 dog. After initiation of esophageal suctioning, dogs survived for a median of 13.5 additional months (range, 10-30 months) during which time 2 dogs had no additional episodes of aspiration pneumonia and 2 dogs had infrequent episodes of pneumonia, but aspiration was suspected to be a contributing factor in their death. Complications included clogging of the esophagostomy tube, esophagostomy site infections, and esophagitis. Use of intermittent esophageal suctioning in dogs with megaesophagus that continue to regurgitate despite gastrostomy tube feedings can reduce or abolish clinical episodes of aspiration pneumonia. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
DA-COSTA-PINTO Elizete Aparecida Lomazi
Full Text Available Reports on children presenting symptoms compatible with the chronic phase of Chagas disease are sporadic. We report a case of a 7-year-old boy who had megaesophagus and megacolon, both of them a consequence of the trypanosomiasis. The etiology was established by means of laboratory and histological features. Based on epidemiological data, the authors concluded that vertical transmission was the most probable route of acquisition. This diagnosis should be considered in children presenting similar complaints, even those living away from endemic areas.
Menezes, M A; Andolfi, C; Herbella, F A M; Patti, M G
Achalasia may present in a non-advanced or an advanced (end stage) stage based on the degree of esophageal dilatation. Manometric parameters and esophageal caliber may be prognostic for the outcome of treatment. The correlation between manometry and disease stage has not been yet fully studied. This study aims to describe high-resolution manometry findings in patients with achalasia and massive dilated megaesophagus. Eighteen patients (mean age 61 years, 55% females) with achalasia and massive dilated megaesophagus, as defined by a maximum esophageal dilatation >10 cm at the barium esophagram, were studied. Achalasia was considered secondary to Chagas' disease in 14 (78%) of the patients and idiopathic in the remaining. All patients underwent high-resolution manometry. Upper esophageal sphincter was hypotonic and had impaired relaxation in the majority of patients. Aperistalsis was seen in all patients with an equal distribution of Chicago type I and type II. No type III was noticed. Lower esophageal sphincter did not have a characteristic manometric pattern. In 50% of the cases, the manometry catheter was not able to reach the stomach. Our results did not show a manometric pattern in patients with achalasia and massive dilated esophagus. © The Authors 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karlapudi Satish Kumar
Full Text Available Megaoesophagus is uncommon but an important consideration for chronic regurgitation in dogs. Five dogs of various breeds were presented to the Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex (TVCC at College of Veterinary Science, Hyderabad with signs of chronic regurgitation, loss of weight, lethargy, weakness, dehydration and abnormalities of skin, and hair coat were diagnosed for megaesophagus on barium meal contrast radiography. At the TVCC, radiography and gastroscopy were performed, and the condition was confirmed as megaesophagus. Ancillary hemato-biochemical evaluations revealed normocytic normochromic anemia and mild leukocytosis with normal enzymatic activity in liver and kidneys. The thyroid profile in 80% (n=4/5 dogs showed decreased T3 and T4, and elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH levels confirming hypothyroidism. Ultrasonography of abdomen eliminated obstructions in the gastro-intestinal tract and other systemic conditions. Echocardiographic observations were normal in all the dogs. Treatment with metoclopramide (dosed at 5 mg/kg bwt and levothyroxine (dosed at 20 μg/kg bwt and modified management practices involving feeding and diets were successful in controlling the regurgitation in dogs and resulted in good clinical recovery within 20-30 days of post-treatment.
Full Text Available Manometric and pharmacological tests have shown that motor abnormalities may occur in the non-dilated colons of chagasic patients. In order to investigate the presence of abnormalities of colonic function in constipated patients with Chagas’ disease (ChC without megaesophagus or megacolon, studies of total and segmental colonic transit time with radiopaque markers were performed on 15 ChC patients, 27 healthy volunteers and 17 patients with idiopathic constipation (IC. The values obtained for the control group were similar to those reported in the literature (total colonic time: 34.1 ± 15.6 h; right colon: 9.9 ± 7.3 h; left colon: 10.8 ± 10 h, and rectosigmoid: 12.6 ± 9.9 h. Colonic transit time data permitted us to divide both IC and ChC patients into groups with normal transit and those with slow colonic transit. Colonic inertia was detected in 41% of IC patients and in 13% of ChC patients; left colon isolated stasis (hindgut dysfunction was detected in 12% of IC patients and 7% of ChC patients, and outlet obstruction was detected in 6% of IC patients and 7% of ChC patients. There were no significant differences in total or segmental colonic transit times between slow transit IC and slow transit ChC patients. In conclusion, an impairment of colonic motility was detected in about 30% of constipated patients with Chagas’ disease without megaesophagus or megacolon. This subgroup of patients presented no distinctive clinical feature or pattern of colonic dysmotility when compared to patients with slow transit idiopathic constipation.
Celso de Castro Pochini
Full Text Available Objective: To analyze the late results of advanced Chagasic megaesophagus treatment by esophagectomy associated with the use of proton pump inhibitor (omeprazole as for the incidence of esophagitis and Barrett's esophagus in the remaining stump. Methods : We studied patients with advanced megaesophagus undergoing esophagectomy and transmediastinal esophagogastroplasty. Patients were divided into three groups: A (20 with esophageal replacement by full stomach, without the use of omeprazole; B (20 with esophageal replacement by full stomach, with omeprazole 40 mg/day introduced after the first postoperative endoscopy and maintained for six years; and C (30 with esophageal replacement by gastric tube with use of omeprazole. Dysphagia, weight loss and BMI were clinical parameters we analyzed. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed in all patients, and determined the height of the anastomosis, the aspect of the mucosa, with special attention to possible injuries arising from gastroesophageal reflux, and the patency of the esophagogastric anastomosis. Results : We studied 50 patients, 28 males (56% and 22 (44% females. All underwent endoscopy every year. In the first endoscopy, erosive esophagitis was present in nine patients (18% and Barrett's esophagus, in four (8%; in the last endoscopy, erosive esophagitis was present in five patients (8% and Barrett's esophagus in one (2%. When comparing groups B and C, there was no evidence that the manufacturing of a gastric tube reduced esophagitis and Barrett's esophagus. However, when comparing groups A and C, omeprazole use was correlated with reduction of reflux complications such as esophagitis and Barrett's esophagus (p <0.005. Conclusion : The use of omeprazole (40 mg/day reduced the onset of erosive esophagitis and Barrett's esophagus during the late postoperative period.
Marietto-Goncalves, Guilherme Augusto; Zampoli Troncarelli, Marcella; Lopes Sequeira, Julio; Andreatti Filho, Raphael Lucio
The present article relates the occurrence of Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) in a 20 years old blue-fronted amazon parrot (Amazona aestiva). The bird was raised in captivity and was examined at the Ornitopathology Laboratory of São Paulo State University's Veterinarian Hospital, São Paulo State, Brazil. The parrot clinically presented regurgitation, tremors and dyspnea. This is the first case of PDD followed by megaesophagus in a blue-fronted amazon parrot (A. aestiva). This patholog...
Terra Júnior, Júverson Alves; Terra, Guilherme Azevedo; Silva, Alex Augusto da; Crema, Eduardo
Evaluate anatomical and functional changes of the esophageal stump and gastric fundus of patients with advanced megaesophagus, submitted to laparoscopic subtotal esophagectomy. Twenty patients with advanced megaesophagus, previously submitted to a videolaparoscopic subtotal esophagectomy, were evaluated. Were conducted: radiological evaluation of the stump esophagus with transposed stomach, electromanometric, endoscopic examination and histopathology of the esophageal stump and gastric fundus, without making gastric tube or pyloroplasty. It was observed that the average height and pressure of the anastomosis, in the electromanometric evaluation, were 23.45cm (±1.84cm) and 7.55mmHg (±5.65mmHg). In patients with megaesophagus III, the pressure of the anastomosis was 10.91mmHg (±6.33mmHg), and pressure from the UES, 31.89mmHg (±14.64mm Hg), were significantly higher than those in grade IV. The pathological evaluation detected mild esophagitis in 35% of patients, moderate in 20% and acanthosis glicogenica in 45%. The examination of the gastric fundus showed that 50% of patients were infected with Helicobacter pylori. Chronic gastritis occurred in 95% of the patients. The laparoscopic esophagectomy shown to be effective in the treatment of advanced achalasia. The cervical level anastomosis protects the esophageal stump from the aggression resulted from gastric reflux after the esophagectomy.
Noe, Elena; Tabeling, Christoph; Doehn, Jan-Moritz; Naujoks, Jan; Opitz, Bastian; Hippenstiel, Stefan; Witzenrath, Martin; Klopfleisch, Robert
Megaesophagus in mice has been associated with several genetic defects. In the present study we expand the range of genes associated with esophageal function and morphology by protein kinase C alpha (PKCα). PKCα-deficient mice showed a six times increased prevalence of megaesophagus at the age of 9-10 weeks compared to wild-type animals. In contrast, in a restricted number of 14-month-old animals of both genotypes a similar prevalence of megaesophagus was found. Megaesophagus was associated with an increased portion of the distal esophagus lined by smooth muscle cells. Achalasia-like degeneration or loss of neuronal cells, inflammation or fibrosis was not present in any of the animals. The results of the study therefore suggest that PKCα expression is associated with a delayed replacement of embryonic smooth muscle by skeletal muscle at the distal esophagus and consecutive megaesophagus in young mice, which, however, is not present at the same prevalence at an advanced age. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
Full Text Available The authors report the case of a female infant with Group III (or Grade III megaesophagus secondary to vector-borne Chagas disease, resulting in severe malnutrition that reversed after surgery (Heller technique. The infant was then treated with the antiparasitic drug benznidazole, and the infection was cured, as demonstrated serologically and parasitologically. After follow-up of several years without evidence of disease, with satisfactory weight and height development, the patient had her first child at age 23, in whom serological tests for Chagas disease yielded negative results. Thirty years after the initial examination, the patient's electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and chest radiography remained normal.
Lacerda, C F; Cruvinel-Carloni, A; de Oliveira, A T Torres; Scapulatempo-Neto, C; López, R V M; Crema, E; Adad, S J; Rodrigues, M A M; Henry, M A C A; Guimarães, D P; Reis, R M
Chaga's disease is an important communicable neglected disease that is gaining wider attention due to its increasing incidence worldwide. Achalasia due to chagasic megaesophagus (CM), a complication of this disease, is a known-yet, poorly understood-etiological factor for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) development. In this study, we aimed to perform the analysis of TP53 mutations in a series of Brazilian patients with ESCC that developed in the context CM (ESCC/CM), and to compare with the TP53 mutation profile of patients with benign CM and patients with nonchagasic ESCC. Additionally, we intended to correlate the TP53 mutation results with patient's clinical pathological features. By polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by direct sequencing of the hotspot regions of TP53 (exon 5 to 8), we found that TP53 mutations were present in 40.6% (13/32) of the ESCC/CM group, 45% (18/40) of the nonchagasic ESCC group, and in only 3% (1/33) of the benign CM group. Missense mutations were the most common in the three groups, yet, the type and mutated exon mutation varied significantly among the groups. Clinically, the groups exhibited distinct features, with both cancer groups (ESCC and ESCC/CM) been significantly associated higher consumption of alcohol and tobacco, older age, worse Karnofsky performance status, poor outcome than the patients with benign CM. No significant association was found between TP53 mutation profile and clinical-pathological features in any of the three groups. We describe first the time the analysis of TP53 mutations in ESCC that developed in the context of CM, and the observed high frequency of mutations, suggest that TP53 also plays an important role in the tumorigenic process of this unexplored etiological condition. © The Authors 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: email@example.com.
Thiago Giansante Abud
Full Text Available Abstract Objective: To identify and classify the radiographic patterns of megaesophagus in Chagas disease, as seen on esophagograms and chest X-rays. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective study of 35 patients diagnosed with esophageal disease via manometry. The changes found on esophagograms were stratified according to Rezende's classification, divided into four categories (grades I through IV determined by the degree of dilatation and impairement of esophageal motility. We subsequently correlated that ranking with the chest X-ray findings: gastric air bubble; air-fluid level; and mediastinal widening. Results: Among the 35 patients, the esophageal disease was classified as grade I in 9 (25.7%, grade II in 3 (8.6%, grade III in 19 (54.3%, and grade IV in 4 (11.4%. None of the patients with grade I esophageal disease showed changes on chest X-rays. In two of the three patients with grade II disease, there was no gastric air-bubble, although there were no other findings in any of the grade II patients. Of the 19 patients with grade III disease, 15 had abnormal findings on X-rays. All four patients with grade IV disease showed abnormalities. Conclusion: The use of Rezende's classification is feasible, encompassing findings ranging from the subtle changes that characterize the initial phases of esophageal disease to the complete akinesia seen in dolicomegaesophagus. Chest X-ray findings are more common in patients with advanced stages of the disease and indicate the degree of esophageal involvement in Chagas disease.
Schneider, Jaycie; Ames, Marisa; DiCicco, Michael; Savage, Mason; Atkins, Clarke; Wood, Michael; Gookin, Jody L
An 8-week-old male domestic shorthair was presented to the Internal Medicine Service at North Carolina State University for regurgitation. Radiographic diagnosis of generalized esophageal dilation and failure of esophageal peristalsis were compatible with diagnosis of congenital megaesophagus. Endoscopic examination of the esophagus revealed a fibrous stricture just orad to the lower esophageal sphincter. Conservative management to increase the body condition and size of the kitten consisted of feeding through a gastrostomy tube, during which time the esophagus regained normal peristaltic function, the stricture orifice widened in size and successful balloon dilatation of the stricture was performed. Esophageal endoscopy should be considered to rule out a stricture near the lower esophageal sphincter in kittens with radiographic findings suggestive of congenital megaesophagus. Management of such kittens by means of gastrostomy tube feeding may be associated with a return of normal esophageal motility and widening of the esophageal stricture, and facilitate subsequent success of interventional dilation of the esophageal stricture. © ISFM and AAFP 2014.
spin cell carcinoma of the esophagus is 33 times higher in patients with chagasic achalasia. It is possible that the production of N-nitroso compounds in the esophageal lumen by of bacterial action in the stasis liquid that reduce nitrates from diet into nitrites may play a role in this process. AIM: To analyze qualitatively and quantitatively the microbiota in chagasic megaesophagus with special attention to bacteria capable of transforming nitto reduction. PATIENTS: Fifteen patients (six men and nine women were prospectively studied, with ages varying from 28 to 73 years. Patients were divided into three sub-groups according to Rezende et al. classification of esophageal dilation (grade I, grade II and grade III. METHOD:The sample collection was performed using a method specially developed to avoid contamination with microorganisms of the oral cavity and oropharynx, using a Levine catheter nº 14 and a 7,5 oro-traqueal tube. RESULTS: Ninety three point three percent of the cultures were positive, with great bacterial variability and predominance of a variety of aerobic Gram-positive and anaerobic bacteria. The bacterial concentrations were generally more elevated in grade III in comparison to grade I and grade II. Among the microorganisms found, Staphylococcus sp, Corynebacterium sp, Peptostreptococcus sp e a Veillonella sp were those with the capability of nitrate reduction. CONCLUSION: It was concluded that patients with megaesophagus present some bacteria in the esophageal lumen that are able to reduce nitrates intro nitrites, an important step in the formation of N-nitroso compounds.
Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of cholelithiasis in the general population ranges from 9 to 18%. This prevalence is known to be higher in the presence of parasympathetic nerve damage of the biliary tract either due to surgery (vagotomy or neuronal destruction (Chagas disease. The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of cholelithiasis and chagasic or idiopathic megaesophagus. METHODS: The ultrasound scans of 152 patients with megaesophagus submitted to cardiomyotomy and subtotal esophagectomy surgery were evaluated. The presence of cholelithiasis was compared between chagasic and idiopathic esophagopathy and ultrasound and clinical findings were correlated with age, sex and race. RESULTS: A total of 152 cases of megaesophagus, including 137 with chagasic megaesophagus and 15 with idiopathic megaesophagus, were analyzed. The mean age was 56.7 years (45-67 in the 137 patients with chagasic megaesophagus and 35.6 years (27-44 in the 15 cases of idiopathic megaesophagus, with a significant difference between the two groups (p INTRODUÇÃO: A prevalência de colelitíase observada na população em geral varia de 9 a 18%. Sabe-se que a prevalência de colelitíase é elevada quando existe lesão nervosa parassimpática das vias biliares, causada tanto por procedimentos cirúrgicos (vagotomias,quanto por destruição neuronal, como observado na forma digestiva da doença de Chagas. Propusemo-nos verificar a associação entre megaesôfago de etiologia chagásica e a presença de colelitíase. MÉTODOS: Avaliou-se prospectivamente o exame ultrassonográfico de 152 pacientes portadores de megaesôfago submetidos à cirurgia de cardiomiotomia e esofagectomia subtotal. Analisou-se comparativamente a esofagopatia chagásica e a idiopática com a presença de colelitíase, correlacionando os dados ultrassonográficos com os achados clínicos, idade, sexo e raça. RESULTADOS: Foram analisados 152 casos de megaesôfago, sendo 137 de etiologia
Sheila Jorge Adad
Full Text Available This study aimed to determine the existence of blood vessels within ganglia of the myenteric plexus of the human esophagus and colon. At necropsy, 15 stillborns, newborns and children up to two years of age, with no gastrointestinal disorders, were examined. Rings of the esophagus and colon were analyzed and then fixed in formalin and processed for paraffin. Histological sections were stained by hematoxylin-eosin, Giemsa and immunohistochemistry for the characterization of endothelial cells, using antibodies for anti-factor VIII and CD31. Blood vessels were identified within the ganglia of the myenteric plexus of the esophagus, and no blood vessels were found in any ganglia of the colon. It was concluded that the ganglia of the myenteric plexus of the esophagus are vascularized, while the ganglia of the colon are avascular. Vascularization within the esophageal ganglia could facilitate the entrance of infectious agents, as well as the development of inflammatory responses (ganglionitis and denervation, as found in Chagas disease and idiopathic achalasia. This could explain the higher frequency of megaesophagus compared with megacolon.
Maria Aparecida Coelho de Arruda Henry
Full Text Available RACIONAL: O megaesôfago constitui problema de saúde pública em nosso país, pois acomete indivíduos em sua fase de maior produtividade. Os doentes com essa afecção podem apresentar em sua evolução associação com câncer do esôfago. OBJETIVO: Analisar os aspectos clínicos e epidemiológicos de pacientes com megaesôfago e câncer do esôfago. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados de maneira retrospectiva 20 pacientes com megaesôfago e câncer (grupo 1 e 20 com câncer do esôfago (grupo 2. Estudaram-se os dados demográficos, hábitos (etilismo e tabagismo, tipo histológico do tumor, localização da lesão, diferenciação celular, estádio, tratamento e sobrevida. RESULTADOS: Não foi observada diferença entre os grupos, com relação à idade, sexo, localização da lesão, tipo histológico do tumor, diferenciação celular, estádio e sobrevida. Com relação aos hábitos de vida, a associação de etilismo e tabagismo foi observada em maior número de pacientes com câncer do esôfago sem o antecedente de megaesôfago. CONCLUSÃO: As características clínicas dos pacientes com megaesôfago e câncer não diferem daqueles com neoplasia maligna esofágica não associada ao megaesôfago, principalmente no que se refere ao prognóstico desfavorável frente ao tratamento instituído. Nos pacientes com megaesôfago o tumor pode se localizar em qualquer porção do órgão.BACKGROUND: Megaesophagus constitutes a public health problem in our country since it affects individuals in the most productive phase of their lives. During the development of the disease, people suffering from it may present association with esophageal cancer. AIM: To analyze the clinical and epidemiological aspects of patients with megaesophagus and esophageal cancer. METHODS: Twenty patients with megaesophagus and cancer (group 1 and 20 patients with esophageal cancer (group 2 were retrospectively analyzed. Demographic data, habits (alcoholism and smoking, tumor
Long-term management of a dog with idiopathic megaesophagus and recurrent aspiration pneumonia by use of an indwelling esophagostomy tube for suction of esophageal content and esophagogastric tube feeding.
Kanemoto, Yuka; Fukushima, Kenjiro; Kanemoto, Hideyuki; Ohno, Koichi; Tsujimoto, Hajime
A 10-year-old neutered male Labrador Retriever dog was diagnosed with idiopathic megaesophagus. Despite receiving conventional treatments including elevated feeding, the dog showed repeated regurgitation and aspiration pneumonia, consequently developing weight loss and severe malnutrition. For the purpose of controlling regurgitation, an esophagostomy tube was placed for draining the esophageal fluid. Additionally, an esophagogastric tube was placed for nutritional support. After tube placement, the average frequency of regurgitation was reduced from 2.4 times a day to 0.1 times a day. The nutritional state of the dog improved gradually, and the body weight increased from 18.5 to 27.9 kg. The dog died on day 951, and necropsy revealed a gastric ulcer (2.5 cm in diameter), presumably esophagostomy tube-induced injury. This case report suggests that patients with idiopathic megaesophagus and persistent regurgitation might benefit from esophageal drainage through an esophagostomy tube.
Full Text Available Megaesophagus is a common cause of regurgitation being one of the possible etiologies the myasthenia gravis characterized by a neuromuscular disorder that result in weakness of the skeletal muscles, of the esophagus, of the larynx and of the pharynx. The present report describes a case of a female German shepherd dog, with report of muscles weakness and frequent vomits, which was diagnosed as a megaesophagus secondary to myasthenia gravis. The radiograph of the animal presented an accentuated cervical and thoracic megaesophagus. After the institution of the recommended therapeutic protocol the animal presented visible improvement when walking, however the regurgitations worsened and it began to present cough. New radiograph was accomplished with presence, besides megaesophagus, of aspiration pneumonia. The owner opted for the euthanasia of the animal and the necropsy revealed severe pneumonia and an accentuated dilation of the posterior portion of the esophagus, collaborating with subsidies for an unfavorable prognostic of the case.Megaesôfago é uma causa comum de regurgitação sendo uma das possíveis etiologias a miastenia grave caracterizada por uma desordem neuromuscular que resulta em fraqueza dos músculos esqueléticos, do esôfago, da laringe e da faringe. O presente relato descreve um caso de uma cadela da raça Pastor Alemão, com histórico de fraqueza muscular e vômitos freqüentes, que foi diagnosticada como megaesôfago secundário à miastenia grave. A radiografia do animal apresentou um acentuado megaesôfago cervical e torácico. Após a instituição do protocolo terapêutico recomendado o animal apresentou melhora visível ao caminhar, porém as regurgitações pioraram e começou a apresentar tosse. Foi realizado novo exame radiográfico com presença, além de megaesôfago, de pneumonia aspirativa. A proprietária optou pela eutanásia do animal e a necropsia revelou severa pneumonia e dilatação acentuada da por
Carolina de Melo Silva
Full Text Available RACIONAL: O megaesôfago chagásico é disfunção da motilidade esofágica de caráter progressivo. Seus principais sintomas são disfagia, regurgitação e perda de peso. A cardiomiotomia associada à fundoplicatura é usada como tratamento para o megaesôfago não avançado há algumas décadas. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os resultados obtidos com a cardiomiotomia associada à fundoplicatura por videolaparoscopia para o tratamento do megaesôfago não avançado. MÉTODO: Estudo retrospectivo com análise dos resultados obtidos com essa operação para tratamento do megaesôfago graus I e II. Avaliou-se perda ponderal, tempo e intensidade dos sintomas, tempo operatório, taxa de conversão, índice de complicações, tempo de internação. RESULTADOS: Foram operados 68 pacientes, sendo 34 homens. A maioria (42% apresentava sintomas intensos. O tempo médio de sintomas foi de 9,27 anos. A perda ponderal média foi de 5,1 kg. Sorologia para Chagas foi positiva em 88,13%. O tempo médio de operação foi de 190 minutos. Houve uma conversão para laparotomia. A mediana do tempo de internação foi de três dias. A taxa de complicações foi de 4,4%. A melhora dos sintomas foi observada em 92% dos pacientes. CONCLUSÃO: O tratamento videolaparoscópico do megaesôfago não-avançado pela cadiomiotomia associada à fundoplicatura mostrou-se método seguro e eficaz. Apresenta baixo índice de complicações e bons resultados no seguimento a curto prazo.BACKGROUND: The chagasic megaesophagus is progressive esophageal motility dysfunction. Its main symptoms are dysphagia, regurgitation and weight loss. Cardiomyotomy associated with fundoplication is used as treatment for advanced megaesophagus since decades ago. AIM: To evaluate the results obtained with cardiomyotomy associated with laparoscopic fundoplication for the treatment of non-advanced megaesophagus. METHOD: A retrospective study with analysis of the results obtained with this operation for the
José Luis Braga de Aquino
Full Text Available RACIONAL: Sempre foi muito controversa a escolha de uma operação ideal para portadores de megaesôfago não avançado com recidiva após tratamento prévio. As várias técnicas existentes e os diferentes graus da doença são os maiores fatores para essa dificuldade. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os resultados precoces e tardios da esofagocardioplastia à Serra-Dória em pacientes que apresentaram recidiva dos sintomas de megaesôfago não avançado após terem sido previamente submetidos à cardiomiotomia. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 32 pacientes. A idade variou de 32 a 63 anos. Dezenove apresentavam disfagia moderada e 13 leve, sendo que 14 tinham algum grau de regurgitação. Esses indivíduos foram submetidos à esofagocardioplastia à Serra-Dória e foram avaliadas as complicações sistêmicas e locais ocorridas no pós-operatório. RESULTADOS: Após o procedimento, puderam ser acompanhados 27 pacientes, sendo que 22 passaram a apresentar deglutição normal, cinco disfagia leve e três permaneceram com alguma regurgitação. Nenhum paciente morreu. Três tiveram pneumonia precoce e em um cocorreu fístula anastomótica. CONCLUSÕES: A esofagocardioplastia à Serra-Dória é procedimento adequado para o tratamento cirúrgico do megaesôfago recidivado não avançado.BACKGROUND: It has always been very controversial to choose an ideal operation for patients with no advanced recurrent megaesophagus after previous treatment. The various existing techniques and the different degrees of disease are the major factors to this difficulty. AIM: To evaluate the early and late results of the Serra-Doria esophagocardioplasty in patients who had recurrence of symptoms in non-advanced megaesophagus after having been submitted to cardiomyotomy. METHODS: Were studied 32 patients. The age ranged from 32 to 63 years. Nineteen had mild and 13 moderate dysphagia, and 14 had some degree of regurgitation. These subjects underwent the Serra-Doria esophagocardioplasty and
Análise das complicações da esofagectomia transmediastinal no tratamento cirurgico do megaesôfago recidivado Evaluation of complications of transmediastina esophagectomy in the surgical treatment of relapsed megaesophagus
José Luis Braga de Aquino
çado recidivado.BACKGROUND: The best option for the treatment of patients with achalasia and recurrent symptoms after previous treatment, has always been very controversial. In literature review, there is no surgical technique considered the best to deal with this condition. The idea to use a more selective treatment with transmediastinal esophagectomy without thoracotomy in patients with advanced megaesophagus in relapsed cases after prior cardiomyotomy can be considered. AIM: To evaluate the results of transmediastinal esophagectomy in recurrent megaesophagus regarding local and systemic complications. METHODS: Thrity two patients were treated with recurrent symptoms after previous surgery to achalasia and indication for esophagectomy with gastric transmediastinal transposition through the posterior mediastinum for grade IV megaesophagus. They were 25 men (78.1% and seven women (21.9%, aged from 34 to 72 years. All underwent previous myotomy varying from five to 39 years to the day of transmediastinal esophagectomy. RESULTS: Some patients had complications. Among these, eight had pulmonary infection (25.0% resulting in good outcome to the specific clinical treatment; two died due to hemodynamic effect caused by injury to the azygos vein and the other due to trachea injury; nine (28.1% had cervical esophagogastric anastomotic dehiscence doing well with conservative treatment. Of the 21 patients in whom monitoring was carried out in the long term - six months to 14 years -, 17 reported good swallowing solids and pastes, four (19.0% had gastroesophageal reflux with clinical improvement with specific medical treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Transmediastinal esophagectomy, although providing adequate swallowing in most cases, is a procedure of high morbidity. This technique should not be recommended as first treatment option for relapsed megaesophagus.
Maria Aparecida Coelho de Arruda Henry
Full Text Available O megaesôfago, afecção caracterizada por aperistalse do corpo esofágico e relaxamento deficiente do esfíncter inferior do esôfago, apresenta a disfagia como o sintoma mais frequente. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o estado nutricional de pacientes com megaesôfago não-avançado nos períodos pré e pós-operatórios de cardiomiotomia videolaparoscópica. Dez pacientes foram avaliados em cinco momentos (pré-operatório e aos 1, 3, 6 e 12 meses após a cirurgia. Os parâmetros antropométricos, hematimétricos e bioquímicos foram estudados nos cinco momentos. CONCLUSÕES: 1 a maioria dos pacientes com megaesôfago não-avançado é eutrófica; 2 o tratamento cirúrgico acarreta melhora do estado nutricional e aumento dos valores do HDL colesterol.Megaesophagus, an affection characterized by the aperistalsis of the esophageal body and deficient relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter presents dysphagia as the most frequent complaint. The goal of this study was to evaluate the nutritional status of patients with non-advanced megaesophagus in pre and postoperative periods of laparoscopic cardiomyotomy. Ten patients were studied in five moments (pre operative and at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after surgery. The anthropometric, hematimetric and biochemical parameters were studied in five moments. CONCLUSIONS: 1 most patients with non-advanced megaesophagus were eutrophic; 2 surgical treatment led to improvement in nutritional status and increase of HDL cholesterol fraction.
Reconstrução esofágica pela esofagocoloplastia no megaesôfago avançado em pacientes gastrectomizados Esophageal reconstruction by esophagocoloplasty for megaesophagus end-stage in gastrectomized patients
Jose Luis Braga de Aquino
aos hábitos usuais. CONCLUSÕES: A reconstrução com o colo em pacientes submetidos à esofagectomia por megaesôfago avançado não deve ser a primeira opção de tratamento, tendo somente indicação quando for inviável a transposição gástrica, e ela deve ser considerada técnica cirúrgica com alta morbimortalidade em pacientes previamente gastrectomizados.BACKGROUND: Esophagocoloplasty in advanced chagasic megaesophagus is seldom necessary. But, when realized, brings with it a major incidence of complications. AIM: To verify the complications following esophagus reconstruction by esophagocoloplasty in patients with previous gastrectomy submitted to transmediastinal esophagectomy for chagasic megaesophagus end-stage. METHODS: From July 1983 to April 2009, 204 patients with chagasic megaesophagus stage III and IV were submitted to esophageal resection at the Surgery Department at the Hospital Celso Pierro Puc-Campinas, Brasil. Ninety-two patients had the procedure done by esophageal mucosectomy; 84 under-went a transhiatal esophagectomy and in 38, esophagectomies were done through a transthoracic approach. In 194 patients (95% the reconstruction was done by gastric interposition and in the 10 remaining patients (5% it was by transposition of the transverse colon. This procedure was recommend due to previous gastrectomy done in all patients. All of them were male with average age of 47.5 years old. RESULTS: Seven patients (70% developed one or more complications, either systemic or local. Among the systemic complications, one patient had thrombophlebitis in the lower extremity, with good recovery; one had a myocardial infarction with fatal evolution; three patients (30% had pulmonary infection with good recovery. Amongst the local complications, four patients had cervical anastomotic leak with satisfactory recovery with conservative treatment. Five had cervical anastomotic stricture between the 35th and the 63rd post-operative day, with good recovery after
Sheila J. Adad
Full Text Available Estudo anatomopatológico sistematizado foi feito em 56 esôfagos de chagásicos crônicos (17 com e 39 sem mega e em 26 de não chagásicos com as seguintes finalidades: 1 avaliar as variações de calibre e espessura da parede do órgão; 2 analisar qualitativa e quantitativamente o plexo mientérico, na tentativa de avaliar a eventual relação entre suas lesões e o aparecimento de megaesôfago (ME; 3 estudar as lesões das musculares procurando verificar sua contribuição na gênese da visceromegalia; 4 pesquisar formas amastigotas do T. cruzi e sua possível relação com o processo inflamatorio; 5 identificar as principais alterações da mucosa. Confirmou-se que as lesões mais intensas localizavam-se na muscular própria e no plexo de Auerbach. Na primeira, as principais alterações foram miosite e fibrose e nos gânglios mientéricos observou-se inflamação e despopulação neuronal, maior nos esôfagos dos chagásicos com dilatação em relação aos sem dilatação e destes em relação aos controles. Entretanto, foram vistos esôfagos de calibre normal, com intensa denervação. Conclui-se que parecem ser múltiplos os fatores que desencadeiam a esofagopatia, especialmente, o ME. A pesquisa de parasitas em oito esófagos com mega e em oito sem ME foi positiva somente em quatro casos, do primeiro grupo. As lesões da mucosa e submucosa não parecem participar do processo.Systematized study was made in 56 esophagi of chronic chagasics (17 with and 39 without megas aiming to: 1 to avaluate the esophageal caliber and thickness ranges; 2 analyse qualitative and quantitatively, the myenteric plexuses, trying to evaluate the relation of their lesions and the development of megaesophagus (ME; 3 study the lesions of the muscularis propria to verify if they contribute or not to the beginning of the process; 4 search for T. cruzi and its eventual relationship with the inflammation; 5 identify the principal mucosal alterations. It was
Evaluation of anatomical and functional changes esophageal stump of patients with advanced megaesophagus submitted to subtotal laparoscopic esophagectomy Avaliação das alterações anatômicas e funcionais do coto esofágico de pacientes portadores de megaesôfago avançado submetidos à esofagectomia subtotal laparoscópica
Júverson Alves Terra Júnior
Full Text Available PURPOSE: Evaluate anatomical and functional changes of the esophageal stump and gastric fundus of patients with advanced megaesophagus, submitted to laparoscopic subtotal esophagectomy. METHODS: Twenty patients with advanced megaesophagus, previously submitted to a videolaparoscopic subtotal esophagectomy , were evaluated. Were conducted: radiological evaluation of the stump esophagus with transposed stomach, electromanometric, endoscopic examination and histopathology of the esophageal stump and gastric fundus, without making gastric tube or pyloroplasty. RESULTS: It was observed that the average height and pressure of the anastomosis, in the electromanometric evaluation, were 23.45cm (±1.84cm and 7.55mmHg (±5.65mmHg. In patients with megaesophagus III, the pressure of the anastomosis was 10.91mmHg (±6.33mmHg, and pressure from the UES, 31.89mmHg (±14.64mm Hg, were significantly higher than those in grade IV. The pathological evaluation detected mild esophagitis in 35% of patients, moderate in 20% and acanthosis glicogenica in 45%. The examination of the gastric fundus showed that 50% of patients were infected with Helicobacter pylori. Chronic gastritis occurred in 95% of the patients. CONCLUSIONS: The laparoscopic esophagectomy shown to be effective in the treatment of advanced achalasia. The cervical level anastomosis protects the esophageal stump from the aggression resulted from gastric reflux after the esophagectomy.OBJETIVO: Avaliar as alterações anatômicas e funcionais do coto esofágico e fundo gástrico de pacientes com megaesôfago avançado, submetidos à esofagectomia subtotal laparoscópica. MÉTODOS: Vinte pacientes com megaesôfago avançado, previamente submetidos à esofagectomia subtotal videolaparoscópica, foram avaliados. Foram realizados: avaliação radiológica do coto esofágico com o estômago transposto, eletromanometria endoscopia e exame histopatológico do coto esofágico e fundo gástrico,sem fazer tubo g
O megaesôfago tratado cirurgicamente: perfil epidemiológico dos pacientes operados no Hospital de Clínicas da Universidade Estadual de Campinas entre 1989 e 2005 Surgically treated megaesophagus: epidemiological profile of patients operated in the Clinical Hospital of the State University of Campinas between 1989 and 2005
Gustavo Carvalho de Oliveira
Full Text Available O megaesôfago é uma das manifestações da doença de Chagas, cujo tratamento cirúrgico ó o que apresenta melhores resultados. Neste estudo retrospectivo, avaliou-se o perfil epidemiológico dos pacientes operados no Hospital de Clínicas da Universidade de Campinas entre 1989 e 2005, quanto a: naturalidade e procedência, provável local de contágio, idade, grau do megaesôfago, etiologia, duração da disfagia e sua evolução, outras doenças associadas e modalidade cirúrgica adotada. O método foi a análise de 390 prontuários desses doentes, junto ao Serviço de Arquivo Médico do Hospital de Clínicas da Universidade de Campinas. Os resultados permitiram estabelecer: as regiões endêmicas dos pacientes chagásicos atendidos nesse Serviço, a naturalidade/procedência e a caracterização do grupo. Após análise detalhada, foram obtidas a média de idade = 47 anos, e a duração média da disfagia = 9,47 anos. Observa-se que: a em 84,4% dos pacientes a disfagia instalou-se progressivamente; b 306 (78,5% pacientes apresentaram etiologia chagásica; c em 48% deles, houve prevalência do grau 2 (48%; d 89,8% dos pacientes foram submetidos à cardiomiotomia; e houve associações freqüentes a gastrites, esofagites, megacólon, hipertensão arterial e cardiopatias.Megaesophagus is one of the manifestations of Chagas disease and surgical treatment is the approach that presents the best results. In this retrospective study, the epidemiological profile of patients operated in the Clinical Hospital of University of Campinas between 1989 and 2005 was evaluated with regard to: place of birth, place of residence, probable place of infection, age, degree of megaesophagus, etiology, duration and evolution of dysphagia, other diseases in association and the type of surgery chosen. The method used was to analyze the 390 medical files of these patients, at the hospital's medical archive service. The results made it possible to establish the
Aortic rupture is quite rare in Warmblood horses and is best known as an acute and fatal rupture of the aortic root in older breeding stallions. It has now become clear that aortic rupture, which is diagnosed around an age of 4 years, is more frequent in the Friesian breed than in others. The high
Aortic rupture is quite rare in Warmblood horses and is best known as an acute and fatal rupture of the aortic root in older breeding stallions. It has now become clear that aortic rupture, which is diagnosed around an age of 4 years, is more frequent in the Friesian breed than in others. The high prevalence in Friesians may be due to increased genetic susceptibility Whereas Friesian horses with aortic rupture may develop acute forms, the majority of Friesians will display a subacute or chron...
Luiz Roberto Lopes
Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Dysphagia is the important symptom in achalasia, and surgery is the most common treatment. The Heller-Pinotti technique is the method preferred by Brazilian surgeons. For many years, this technique was performed by laparotomy, and now the laparoscopic method has been introduced. The objective was to evaluate the immediate and long-term results of patients submitted to surgery by either laparotomy or laparoscopy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 67 patients submitted to surgery between 1994 and 2001 with at least 5 years of follow-up were evaluated retrospectively and divided into two groups: laparotomy (41 patients and laparoscopy (26 patients. Chagas was the etiology in 76.12% of cases. Dysphagia was evaluated according to the classification defined by Saeed et al. RESULTS: There were no cases of conversion to open surgery. The mean duration of hospitalization was 3.32 days for laparotomy and 2.54 days for laparoscopy (p<0.05. An improvement in dysphagia occurred with both groups reporting good or excellent results (laparotomy: 73.17% and laparoscopy: 73.08%. Mean duration of follow-up was 8 years. CONCLUSIONS: There was no difference between the two groups with respect to relief from dysphagia, thereby confirming the safety and effectiveness of the Heller-Pinotti technique, which can be performed by laparotomy or laparoscopy, depending on the surgeon's experience.
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Abrahão, L J; de Oliveira Lemme, E M
Previous studies have correlated esophageal body motility findings in idiopathic (IdAc) achalasia and achalasia secondary to Chagas' disease (ChAc) with degree of megaesophagus. The aim of this study was to compare esophageal body manometric data in patients with IdAc and achalasia secondary to Chagas' disease and correlate it with the degree of megaesophagus and symptom duration. One hundred nontreated patients with achalasia, 79% IdAc and 21% secondary to ChAc were compared with regards to age of presentation, duration of symptoms, amplitude and duration of simultaneous contractions, frequency of failed contractions, and degree of megaesophagus. Seventy-one percent of patients were classified as nonadvanced megaesophagus (60 [76%] with IdAc and 11 [52%] with ChAc) and 29% as advanced megaesophagus (19 [24%] with IdAc and 10 [48%] with ChAc, P= 0.04). In IdAc but not in ChAc, the symptom duration was significantly longer in advanced megaesophagus (A) compared with nonadvanced megaesophagus (NA) (34.8 ± 6.3 months vs. 95.4 ± 22.2 months, P= 0.001). There was no difference in amplitude and duration of simultaneous contractions in both achalasia groups (P > 0.05). Duration of contractions were longer in IdAc compared with ChAc in (NA) (P megaesophagus compared with IdAc at diagnosis. In IdAc there was a strong correlation between advanced megaesophagus and longer symptom duration, suggesting disease progression over time, not observed in ChAc in which a more extensive denervation occurs earlier in the disease process. © 2010 Copyright the Authors. Journal compilation © 2010, Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus.
Romeu Moreira dos Santos; Rosângela K. Jomori Bonichelli; Aline Gomes de Campos
The esophagus is a tubular muscle-membranous organ that carries food from the pharynx to thestomach, which is important for the flow of food. It is subject to some affections, among the most common in dogs, has megaesophagus, disease related to multiple etiologies. The objective of this study was evaluate macroscopicallyesophagi of dogs with megaesophagus (ME) compared to non-carriers (NME) of this condition. Were analyzed eightdogs, four ME and four NME, of which two animals were of big size...
L.C. Silva Júnior
Full Text Available A seven month old female goat showed neck swelling, apathy, appetite and weight loss, restlessness, increased salivation, cough, and regurgitation episodes which occurred post feeding. The animal was evaluated through both clinical and radiographic examinations. Plain radiography was performed and contrasted X-ray was done using barium sulfate. For radiological examination, the lateral projection was used for analysis. The results showed a radiopaque content in the esophageal lumen dorsally positioned to heart with density and appearance similar to the rumen. A dilation of the esophagus was reported and a diagnosis of megaesophagus was made. In conclusion, contrast esophagography must be included in the diagnosis of megaesophagus in goats.
The prognosis is poor and most patients die early because of sepsis or total parental nutrition-related complications. This report describes a new case of megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome associated with meconium ileus, dilated stomach, and megaesophagus. Keywords: intestinal hypoperistalsis ...
Gockel, Ines; Becker, Jessica; Wouters, Mira M.; Niebisch, Stefan; Gockel, Henning R.; Hess, Timo; Ramonet, David; Zimmermann, Julian; Vigo, Ana Gonzalez; Trynka, Gosia; de Leon, Antonio Ruiz; de la Serna, Julio Perez; Urcelay, Elena; Magadi Gopalaiah, Vinod Kumar; Franke, Lude; Westra, Harm-Jan; Drescher, Daniel; Kneist, Werner; Marquardt, Jens U.; Galle, Peter R.; Mattheisen, Manuel; Annese, Vito; Latiano, Anna; Fumagalli, Uberto; Laghi, Luigi; Cuomo, Rosario; Sarnelli, Giovanni; Mueller, Michaela; Eckardt, Alexander J.; Tack, Jan; Hoffmann, Per; Herms, Stefan; Mangold, Elisabeth; Heilmann, Stefanie; Kiesslich, Ralf; von Rahden, Burkhard H. A.; Allescher, Hans-Dieter; Schulz, Henning G.; Wijmenga, Cisca; Heneka, Michael T.; Lang, Hauke; Hopfner, Karl-Peter; Noethen, Markus M.; Boeckxstaens, Guy E.; de Bakker, Paul I. W.; Knapp, Michael; Schumacher, Johannes
Idiopathic achalasia is characterized by a failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to relax due to a loss of neurons in the myenteric plexus(1,2). This ultimately leads to massive dilatation and an irreversibly impaired megaesophagus. We performed a genetic association study in 1,068 achalasia
Patients and methods: This retrospective study was made with seven patients treated for traumatic perforation of the esoephagus at the ENT department of the Habib Bourguiba Hospital. All patients were men. The mean age was 24 years. One patient has a history of an idiopathic megaesophagus and another have a ...
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Mar 3, 2015 ... megaesophagus. This is similar to the finding in our patient who had a dilated oesophagus with average diameter of 8.09cm. The dependent part within the chest allow for retention and stasis of food. The associated regurgitation results in recurrent chest infections and lung abscesses while the prolonged ...
Ploeg, M.; Grone, A.; Saey, V.; Bruijn, de C.M.; Back, W.; Weeren, van P.R.; Scheideman, W.; Picavet, T.; Ducro, B.J.; Wijnberg, I.; Delesalle, C.
Megaesophagus appears to be more common in Friesian horses than in other breeds. A prevalence of approximately 2% was observed among Friesian horses presented to the Wolvega Equine Clinic and the Utrecht University Equine Clinic. In this study, morphologic changes in the esophagi of Friesian horses
intestinal peristalsis. The prognosis is poor and most patients die early because of sepsis or total parental nutrition-related complications. This report describes a new case of megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome associated with meconium ileus, dilated stomach, and megaesophagus. Ann Pediatr Surg.
Eliângela de Castro Côbo
Full Text Available To compare parasitism and inflammatory process in esophagus and colon from chronic chagasic patients, immunohistochemistry was carried out to research for T. cruzi and to evaluate the inflammatory infiltrate in the muscular and myenteric plexus in 39 esophagi (20 with and 19 without megaesophagus and 50 colons (25 with and 25 without megacolon. The frequency of T. cruzi in megaesophagus was 20%, and in megacolon it was 4%. No amastigotes were found in organs without mega; considering the total of esophagi (with and without mega, the frequency of T. cruzi would be 10% and 2% in the colon. Myositis and ganglionitis were more frequent and intense in organs with mega compared to those without mega, and in esophagus compared to colon. Qualitatively, inflammatory infiltration in esophagus and colon, with or without mega, was similar, consisting predominantly of T lymphocytes (CD3+, scarce macrophages (CD68+, and rare B lymphocytes (CD20+.
Full Text Available In this study, we isolated Trypanosoma cruzi from chronic Chagas heart disease and from megaesophagus patients. The parasite stock hSLU239 (heart disease yielded clones h1 and h2, whereas stock mSLU142 (megaesophagus yielded clones m1, m2, m3 and m4. The parasite growth kinetics, doubling time and differentiation in axenic liquid medium showed broad behavioral diversity. It was shown that a particular pattern of behavior for a parental stock could not necessarily be assigned for subsequent clones. This study indicates that i each Chagas disease patient is infected with several T. cruzi populations; ii clonal lines derived from patient samples may have different biological characteristics from the original isolate; and that iii additional behavioral and/or molecular markers are required for further characterization of Trypanosoma cruzi stocks and clones derived from Chagas disease patients in order to identify correlations with pathology.
Maegawa Felipe Antonio Boff
Full Text Available We report the first case of digestive tract pathology (megaesophagus determined by Trypanosoma cruzi infection in Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil. A 63-year- old female had presumptive clinical diagnosis of Chagas' disease, which was confirmed by imaging (endoscopy and esophagogram and immunological methods. Further molecular diagnosis was carried out with esophagus and blood samples collected during corrective surgery. Polymerase chain reaction tested positive for Trypanosoma cruzi in both esophagus and buffy coat samples.
Adad Sheila Jorge
Full Text Available There are few descriptions of association between chagasic megacolon and colon cancer. We report a case of obstructive abdomen caused by adenocarcinoma of the left colon in chagasic megacolon. A review of the literature revealed 8 cases of this association and, analyzing together the series of findings of cancer in chagasic organomegalies, we found a frequency of 4.8% in megaesophagus and 0.1% in megacolon.
Meneghelli, Ulysses G.
Involvement of the hollow organs of the digestive apparatus can occur in patients in the chronic phase of Chagas' disease. The basic mechanism is destruction of neurons of the enteric nervous system. Whereas megaesophagus and megacolon are the most notable and most extensively studied expressions of the digestive form of Chagas' disease, involvement of the small intestine (Chagasic enteropathy) is less frequent and less known than involvement of the two above mentioned entities. Chagasic ente...
Edison Reis Lopes
Full Text Available Dentre 1708 necrópsias de chagásicos crônicos, de um total de 4690, diagnosticamos 273 megas. Destes o mais freqüente foi o megacólon, seguido pelo megaesôfago, ocupando a associação megacólon e megaesôfago o terceiro lugar. Discutem-se e comparam-se os achados com outros de ordem clinico-epidemiológica e anatomopatológica. Confirmando dados da literatura, nossos achados atuais mostram, que a exemplo do que sucede na cardiopatia chagásica, o megacólon e o megaesôfago predominam no sexo masculino, discutindo-se os fatores que poderiam explicar a razão desse fato.One thousand seven hundred and eight chronic chagasic post-mortem examinations studied from a total of4690 autopsies perfomed at our Institution. Two hundred and seventy-three chagasic had megas. Megacolon was the most frequent, followed by megaesophagus. Megacolon associated with megaesophagus was, the third mostcommom finding. Our data are discussed and compared with the literature. Megacolon and megaesophagus were more prevalent in man, as shown by other workers. Higher parasitemia perhaps could explain this finding.
Full Text Available Analisa-se, em material de necropsias, a ocorrência de carcinoma esofágico em não-chagásicos e em chagásicos com e sem megaesôfago. Observou-se um aumento altamente significativo da freqüência do carcinoma de esôfago associado ao megaesôfago, em relação aos controles e aos chagásicos sem megaesôfago. A associação entre carcinoma esofágico e infecção chagásica não foi estatisticamente significativa.We analised, in autopsies, the occurrence oj esophagic carcinoma in non-chagasic patients and in chagasic ones with and without megaesophagus. The frequency of esophagic carcinoma was significantly higher in patients with megaesophagus than in Controls and chagasic patients without megaesophagus. The association between carcinoma oj the esophagus and chagasic injection per se was not statistically significant.
Puschner, Birgit; Basso, Marguerite M; Graham, Thomas W
A 1-year-old dog ingested a mixture of blood agar and Mycoplasma agar plates. The Mycoplasma agar plates contained thallium acetate, which resulted in an estimated minimum dose of 5 mg thallium acetate/kg bodyweight. Clinical signs over the course of 2-3 weeks included vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, alopecia, dysphonia, ataxia, paresthesia, intension tremors, megaesophagus with subsequent aspiration pneumonia, and several seizure episodes. The dog was treated with intravenous fluids and placement of a gastric feeding tube. Thallium concentrations in hair were 8.2 µg/g in samples taken on day 19, 16.4 µg/g in samples taken 3 months after exposure, 13.4 µg/g in samples taken 5 months after exposure, and nondetectable in samples taken 7 months after exposure. The blood thallium concentration was 190 µg/l on day 19 and nondetec table 3 months after exposure. Megaesophagus and dysphonia continued for 10 months after exposure. This case of thallium poisoning following ingestion of mycoplasma agar plates demonstrates that unusual sources of thallium still exist and suggests that thallium toxicosis should be included in the list of differential diagnoses in dogs presented with megaesophagus, especially if alopecia and other unexplained peripheral neuropathies are present. Hair and blood samples are useful specimens to reach an accurate diagnosis even if taken several weeks post exposure. The postexposure blood and hair thallium concentrations reported in this case are useful data for diagnosticians investigating dogs with potential thallium poisoning.
Vespúcio Marcelo Vinícius Oliveira
Full Text Available PURPOSE: Develop an experimental model to study esophageal preneoplastic lesions induced by diethylnitrosamine in rats with achalasia. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were divided into four groups: control - C (n=8; rats with megaesophagus - B (n=8; rats treated with DEN - D (n=15 and rats with megaesophagus plus DEN - BD (n=15. Megaesophagus can be experimentally obtained in rats by topical application of benzalkonium choride. The morphology and PCNA labeling index of the epithelium were evaluated. RESULTS: The morphometric analysis showed an increase in epithelial thickness in the animals of group BD (2166?1012mm² when compared to the other groups (C = 878?278mm²; B = 1746?144mm² and D = 1691?697mm², mainly due to basal layer hyperplasia, besides an increase in the keratin of the superficial layer. The PCNA labeling index in the basal layer was significantly higher in the group BD (0,695?0,111 when compared to the other groups (C = 0,490?0,132; B = 0,512?0,215 and D = 0,477?0,198. CONCLUSIONS: Our data confirm in an experimental model the previous observation in humans of increased epithelial cell proliferation during the esophageal carcinogenic process in achalasia and may be useful to further studies on the mechanisms of the esophageal carcinogenesis and the the design of follow-up endoscopic studies for patients with achalasia.
Full Text Available Foi realizado estudo longitudinal de seis anos através do esofagograma, em 494 pessoas do projeto Mambaí, das quais 212 (43% eram soropositivas. O estudo realizado em 1975176 e 1980/82 constou em ambas as ocasiões, de duas abreugrafias do esôfago: a primeira, imediatamente após a ingestão de 75ml de solução baritada e outra 60 segundos após. Entre as 201 pessoas soropositivas normais no primeiro estudo, foram encontrados 4 (2% casos novos de megaesôfago do Grupo I, e entre as 11 com megaesôfago, 2 dos Grupos I e 11 evoluíràm, respectivamente, para os Grupos II e IV, indicando progressão da esofagopatia em 2,8% (6/212 dos soropositivos. Quatro pessoas com megaesôfago do Grupo I apresentaram esofagograma normalno segundo exame radio lógico, com aparente "regressão "da esofagopatia. Chama a atenção a existência de 10 pessoas com esofagogramas duvidosos no primeiro exame e, outras seis no segundo, sendo 75 % delas soropositivas. Este achado pode estar indicando o esofagograma duvidoso como um marcador precoce da esofagopatia.A longitudinal study over six years was undertaken of 494 residents of the municipality of Mambaí, Goiás. Two hundred and twelve (43% were seropositive in 1975/76 and 199 of 464 of the same patients group, positive in 1980/82 (42.8%. At both examination single radiographs of the oesophagus were obtained immediately after ingestion of 75ml of barium sulphate solution and a second X-ray taken one minute later. Among the 201 seropositive patients without megaesophagus in the first study 4 (2% evolved megaesophagus during the six years of observation. During this time, using Rezende's classification, patients with established megaesophagus, changed their group in the following manner. Only one Group I patient changed to group II. Only one group II patient progressed to group IV. Progress of megaesophagus in the affected patients ocurred in 2.8% of 212 patients. Also four patients with grade I megaesophagus
Full Text Available Este trabalho relata os estudos do esôfago através da abreugrafia, de chagásicos do projeto Mambaí no período de 25 anos. Cada indivíduo realizou duas abreugrafias, em quatro períodos (1975-1976, 1980-1982, 1988-1991 e 1998-2000. A primeira abreugrafia foi realizada em posição obliqua anterior direita imediatamente após a ingestão de 75ml de sulfato de bário e a segunda um minuto após. Em todos os períodos foi utilizada a mesma metodologia, as abreugrafias foram lidas pelo mesmo pesquisador e os megaesôfagos foram classificadas em quatro grupos, segundo os critérios de Rezende e colaboradores. A prevalência de megaesôfago foi 5,2%; 5%; 18,6% e 13,9% em 1975-1976, 1980-1982, 1988-1991 e 1998-2000, respectivamente. A incidência de megaesôfago no período de 1975 a 2000 foi 11,5% (51/445. Durante 25 anos, 394 (84,2% chagásicos permaneceram com o esofagograma normal, 11 (2,3% diagnosticados com megaesôfago em 1975-1976, não progrediram, 61 (13% que eram normais, duvidosos ou já tinham megaesôfago em 1975-1976, progrediram e 2 (0,4% tiveram regressão do megaesôfago grupo I, diagnosticado em estudos anteriores.This work describes radiography studies of the esophagus in chagasic patients of the Mambaí project over a 25 year period. Each person realized two radiographs in four different periods (1975-1976, 1980-1982, 1988-1991 and 1998-2000. The first radiograph was realized in the right anterior oblique position after swallowing 75ml of barium sulphate solution and another 60 seconds later. In all periods the same methodology was used. The radiographs were read by the same researcher, and the megaesophagus was classified in four groups according to Rezende and colleagues. The prevalence of megaesophagus was 5.2%; 5.0%; 18.6% and 13.9% in 1975-1976, 1980-1982, 1988-1991 and 1998-2000 respectively. The incidence of megaesophagus from 1975 to 2000 was 11.5% (51/445. During 25 year, 394 (84.2% patients presented radiographs
Full Text Available Two dogs were presented with history of regurgitation. Both dogs were diagnosed with focal myasthenia gravis (FMG. Thoracic radiography was consisted with megaesophagus. Acetylcholine receptors (AChRs antibody titer was positive. Both dogs were treated with pyridostigmine bromide as sole treatment. One case rapidly resolved with the recovery of the esophagus, while the other case even the AChRs antibody titer was normalized after 60 days but the clinical remission was occurred after long time. This report suggested that clinical signs of FMG were resolved, but we can’t predict the time required, additionally, pyridostigmine bromide might be effective for palliation of symptoms.
Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar eventuais mudanças no perfil de pacientes com megaesôfago chagásico e na escolha da modalidade de tratamento cirúrgico, mediante estudo comparativo de dois grupos de pacientes em períodos diferentes. MÉTODOS: Foram analisadas duas séries consecutivas de pacientes com megaesôfago chagásico tratados cirurgicamente em dois períodos de tempo: de 1955 a 1962 (n = 147 e de 1988 a 1998 (n = 100. A idade, a duração da disfagia e o estádio evolutivo da doença foram correlacionados com o tipo de cirurgia realizada. O grau do megaesôfago foi definido mediante exame radiológico padronizado. RESULTADOS: Houve redução no número de pacientes, aumento da idade média e diminuição da duração da disfagia no segundo período. As cirurgias de ressecção esofágica predominaram no primeiro e a cardiomiotomia no segundo período. CONCLUSÕES: O perfil dos pacientes com megaesôfago chagásico atendidos no HCFMRP-USP mudou, caracterizando-se pelo estádio mais precoce da doença. A assistência médica mais precoce resulta em modalidade terapêutica cirúrgica menos agressiva, com perspectiva de melhores resultados.OBJECTIVE: To analize the changes in the profile of the patients with chagasic megaesophagus and treatment modalities by comparing two groups of patients in different time periods. METHODS: Two series of consecutive patients with chagasic megaesophagus treated surgically were analized in two different time periods, between 1955 and 1962 (n=147 and between 1988 and1998 (n=100. The age, duration of disphagia and the stage of the disease were correlated to the type of surgical procedure. The degree of megaesophagus was defined radiologically. RESULTS: There was a reduction in the number of patients, an increase in the median age and a reduction in the duration of disphagia in the second time period. During the first period, ressectional procedures were more common, while cardiomiotomy predominated in the second
Full Text Available A 4-month-old female mixed breed dog was presented to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine with a history of regurgitation and cachexia. Thoracic radiographs revealed focal megaesophagus cranial to the heart base. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI was performed. True fast imaging with steady-state precession (TrueFISP, fast low angle shot (FLASH, and short tau inversion recovery (STIR sequences were acquired prior to contrast medium administration. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA demonstrated focal megaesophagus and position of the aortic arch to the right of the esophagus. A small ductus diverticulum and an indistinct linear soft tissue band crossing the esophagus were also noted. Surgical exploration confirmed MR diagnosis of a persistent right aortic arch (PRAA with left ligamentum arteriosum. The dog improved following surgery but was unable to be transitioned to dry food. To our knowledge this is the first report describing the use of CE-MRA for preoperative diagnosis and guided surgical treatment of a vascular ring anomaly in a dog.
Full Text Available Background: Developing countries at tertiary referral centre. The aim of this study was to share our experience of paediatric achalasia in Indian scenario. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of children <16 years, operated for achalasia at our centre, from December 1998 to December 2011. Results: Total 40 patients (mean age 39 ± 4.29 months, including 1 patient of megaesophagus were operated over 13 years of period; 17 patients (associated congenital H-type tracheoesophageal fistula in one patient, non- responders/ lost follow-up for minimum of 3 years in 16 patients were excluded from the study. The response rate of parents in follow-up was 60.0%. Mean symptoms duration was 27.88 ± 2 months. Most common symptoms were regurgitation and failure to thrive (78.2%. Mean symptom scoring in follow-up after 3 year was 1 ± 0.7 compared to 5 ± 0.51 at the time of admission (P < 0.012. One infant expired (mediastenitis, one developed adhesive intestinal obstruction and one needed posterior re-myotomy (for megaesophagus. There were no treatment failures in mean follow-up of 40.2 ± 5.07 months. Conclusions: Cardiomyotomy with partial fundoplication is the best modality of treatment for paediatric achalasia cardia, even from parents′ perspective.
Sánchez-Guillén, María Del Carmen; López-Colombo, Aurelio; Ordóñez-Toquero, Guillermo; Gomez-Albino, Isidoro; Ramos-Jimenez, Judith; Torres-Rasgado, Enrique; Salgado-Rosas, Hilda; Romero-Díaz, Mónica; Pulido-Pérez, Patricia; Pérez-Fuentes, Ricardo
In Mexico, despite the relatively high seroprevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in humans in some areas, reported morbidity of Chagas disease is not clear. We determined clinical stage in 71 individuals seropositive to T. cruzi in the state of Puebla, Mexico, an area endemic for Chagas disease with a reported seroprevalence of 7.7%. Diagnosis of Chagas disease was made by two standardized serological tests (ELISA, IHA). Individuals were stratified according to clinical studies. All patients were submitted to EKG, barium swallow, and barium enema. Groups were identified as indeterminate form (IF) asymptomatic individuals without evidence of abnormalities (n = 34 cases); those with gastrointestinal alterations (12 patients) including symptoms of abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter and absent peristalsis in the esophageal body, grade I megaesophagus, and/or megacolon; patients with clinical manifestations and documented changes of chronic Chagas heart disease who were subdivided as follows: mild (8 patients)--mild electrocardiographic changes of ventricular repolarization, sinus bradychardia); moderate (6 patients)--left bundle branch block, right bundle branch block associated with left anterior fascicular block); severe (8 patients)--signs of cardiomegaly, dilated cardiomyopathy); and the associated form (3 cases) that included presence of both cardiomyopathy and megaesophagus. These data highlight the importance of accurate evaluation of the prevalence and clinical course of Chagas disease in endemic and non-endemic areas of Mexico.
María del Carmen Sánchez-Guillén
Full Text Available In Mexico, despite the relatively high seroprevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in humans in some areas, reported morbidity of Chagas disease is not clear. We determined clinical stage in 71 individuals seropositive to T. cruzi in the state of Puebla, Mexico, an area endemic for Chagas disease with a reported seroprevalence of 7.7%. Diagnosis of Chagas disease was made by two standardized serological tests (ELISA, IHA. Individuals were stratified according to clinical studies. All patients were submitted to EKG, barium swallow, and barium enema. Groups were identified as indeterminate form (IF asymptomatic individuals without evidence of abnormalities (n = 34 cases; those with gastrointestinal alterations (12 patients including symptoms of abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter and absent peristalsis in the esophageal body, grade I megaesophagus, and/or megacolon; patients with clinical manifestations and documented changes of chronic Chagas heart disease who were subdivided as follows: mild (8 patients - mild electrocardiographic changes of ventricular repolarization, sinus bradychardia; moderate (6 patients - left bundle branch block, right bundle branch block associated with left anterior fascicular block; severe (8 patients - signs of cardiomegaly, dilated cardiomyopathy; and the associated form (3 cases that included presence of both cardiomyopathy and megaesophagus. These data highlight the importance of accurate evaluation of the prevalence and clinical course of Chagas disease in endemic and non-endemic areas of Mexico.
Ketz, C J; Radlinsky, M; Armbrust, L; Carpenter, J W; Isaza, R
A 3-mo-old male white Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris) presented with the chief complaint of regurgitation of solid food since weaning at 2 mo of age. Compared with its littermates, the tiger was in poor body condition and weighed only 10.3 kg when its littermates were estimated at 20-25 kg. Thoracic radiographs showed a megaesophagus cranial to the heart base. A contrast esophagram more clearly outlined the megaesophagus, and fluoroscopy demonstrated normal motility of the caudal esophagus. Endoscopic examination revealed a structure coursing dorsally from right to left over the esophagus and a constrictive band on the left of the esophagus at the heart base. Nonselective angiography confirmed the presence of a persistent right aortic arch, as well as an aberrant left subclavian artery. A left fourth intercostal thoracotomy was performed, and the ligamentum arteriosum was double ligated and divided. The left subclavian artery did not cause significant compromise of the esophagus and was not manipulated at surgery. The tiger recovered well from anesthesia and surgery. Solid food was slowly introduced over a 2-mo period without any regurgitation. The cub gained weight rapidly after surgery.
Rossman, Paul M; Thomovsky, Stephanie A; Schafbuch, Ryan M; Guo, Ling T; Shelton, G D
A 2-year-old male, intact Boxer was referred for chronic diarrhea, hyporexia, labored breathing, weakness and elevated creatine kinase, and alanine aminotransferase activities. Initial examination and diagnostics revealed a peripheral nervous system neurolocalization, atrial premature complexes, and generalized megaesophagus. Progressive worsening of the dog's condition was noted after 36 h; the dog developed aspiration pneumonia, was febrile and oxygen dependent. The owners elected humane euthanasia. Immediately postmortem biopsies of the left cranial tibial and triceps muscles and the left peroneal nerve were obtained. Postmortem histology revealed concurrent myositis, myocarditis, endocarditis, and ganglioneuritis. Mixed mononuclear cell infiltrations and a distinct perifascicular pattern of muscle fiber atrophy was present in both muscles. This is a novel case of diffuse inflammatory myopathy with a distinct perifascicular pattern of atrophy in addition to endocarditis, myocarditis, and epicarditis.
Hélio Ponciano Trevenzol
Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A miotomia no tratamento do megaesôfago apresenta bons resultados, tanto a via abdominal, aberta, ou laparoscópica, quanto a via torácica. Entretanto, independentemente da técnica empregada, segundo alguns estudos, de 6 a 25% dos pacientes apresentarão recidiva da disfagia precocemente ou a longo prazo. OBJETIVO: Revisão do diagnóstico, terapêutica e resultados no megaesôfago recidivado. Método - Foram levantados os trabalhos publicados na Medline, Pubmed, Scielo, CAPS, Chocraine, Lilacs e utilizadas as palavras-chave acalasia, acalásia-recorrência, megaesôfago e megaesôfago-recorrência. RESULTADOS: As opções cirúrgicas para tratamento da recidiva do megaesôfago são mostradas sob formas bastante variadas e com detalhes técnicos pessoais bem diversificados. As técnicas utilizadas basicamente foram: remiotomia, cardioplastias, esofagectomia e mucosectomia, incluindo as variantes destas operações. CONCLUSÃO: Os autores concluem que a escolha da técnica deve ser individualizada baseando-se na causa da recidiva, que deve ser minuciosamente investigada no pré-operatório. A remiotomia representa a alternativa mais exequível, com menor morbimortalidade e resultados satisfatórios, com efetividade na melhora da disfagia, porém com esofagite leve em 40% dos casos e queda no índice de satisfação ao longo dos anos de pós-operatório, chegando a 57,1% após 20 anos.INTRODUCTION: The myotomy employed in the treatment of achalasia and megaesophagus yields good results, both the abdominal route, open, or laparoscopic and thoracic approach. However, regardless of the technique, according to some studies, 6 to 25% of patients will have recurrence of dysphagia, early or delayed. AIM: To review the diagnosis, therapy and results in recurrent achalasia. METHOD: The issues were raised from Medline, Pubmed, Scielo, CAPS, Chocraine, Lilacs using the keywords achalasia, achalasia-recurrence, megaesophagus, megaesophagus
Full Text Available Recurrences of symptoms after the surgery for achalasia cardia are not uncommon. There are several causes of recurrences but the early recurrences are speculated to be secondary to incomplete myotomy and late recurrence due to fibrosis after the myotomy or megaesophagus. These recurrences can be managed by regular dilation failing which a redo surgery is indicated. Laparoscopic approach is now standard because of the obvious benefits for patients and surgeons. Extent of myotomy and addition of fundoplication are debatable issue in the management of achalasia cardia but evidence suggests that some kind of fundoplication would be necessary after the complete division of lower esophageal sphincter. We present our experience in a case of recurrent achalasia, secondary to incomplete myotomy managed laparoscopically by extended myotomy and a floppy anterior fundoplication. Patient is asymptomatic six months after the surgery and radiologically there is free passage of barium in the stomach.
Paul M. Rossman
Full Text Available A 2-year-old male, intact Boxer was referred for chronic diarrhea, hyporexia, labored breathing, weakness and elevated creatine kinase, and alanine aminotransferase activities. Initial examination and diagnostics revealed a peripheral nervous system neurolocalization, atrial premature complexes, and generalized megaesophagus. Progressive worsening of the dog’s condition was noted after 36 h; the dog developed aspiration pneumonia, was febrile and oxygen dependent. The owners elected humane euthanasia. Immediately postmortem biopsies of the left cranial tibial and triceps muscles and the left peroneal nerve were obtained. Postmortem histology revealed concurrent myositis, myocarditis, endocarditis, and ganglioneuritis. Mixed mononuclear cell infiltrations and a distinct perifascicular pattern of muscle fiber atrophy was present in both muscles. This is a novel case of diffuse inflammatory myopathy with a distinct perifascicular pattern of atrophy in addition to endocarditis, myocarditis, and epicarditis.
Full Text Available In order to expand the range of diagnostic methods for determining diseases of the esophagus and to make them more present in everyday practise, it is desirable to work out in more detail the procedure of endoscopic and radiological examinations, determine their limitations and possibilities, describe the topographic-anatomical and morphological status of the esophagus in an endoscopic and radiological picture, as well as to define which diseases of this organ are most represented. The paper presents the results of six-month investigations of esophagus diseases in dogs of different breeds and ages. A total of 15 animals were examined: 2 golden retrievers, 2 rottweilers, 5 German shepherds, 3 giant schnauzers, 2 cross-breeds, and 1 dalmatian. Cases of chronic esophagitis were described, as well as the presence of a foreign body and megaesophagus, and the prescribed therapy for all these diseases.
Marin Neto, J.A.; Souza, A.C.S.; Maciel, B. C.; Gallo Junior, L.; Iazigi, N.
The cardiovascular effects of a systemic vasodilator therapy (isosorbide dinitrate - ID) were studied in 13 normal individuals and in 40 chronic Chagas' patients, grouped as follows: 13 in the indeterminate phase of the disease; 14 with the chronic cardiac form and 13 presenting only clinical and laboratory findings of megaesophagus and/or megacolon (digestive form). The LV pump function was studied by means of radionuclide angiography in baseline condition and after 5-10 min of sublingual administration of 5mg of ID.Ejection fraction (EF), peak velocity of LV emptying (Vmax), heart rate (HR) and blood pressure BP) were determined under each condition. All groups showed comparable mean HR and BP values. Only the cardiac group exhibited lower values of EF and Vmax, as compared to normal controls. The vasodilator drug elicited significant comparable (p [pt
Roca Saumell, Carme; Soriano-Arandes, Antoni; Solsona Díaz, Lluís; Gascón Brustenga, Joaquim
Chagas disease is caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. Although it is commonly transmitted by an insect vector in continental Latin-America, in recent decades, due migration, has been diagnosed in other countries such Spain, the European country with a largest immigrant population of Latin American. For a long time, the patient remains asymptomatic, but some years after this stage, the symptoms can be serious (dilated cardiomyopathy, megacolon, megaesophagus). In addition, detection in pregnant women has a high priority because of the route of vertical transmission. Several specific guidelines about Chagas disease has been developed on the Banks of blood, maternal hospitals, HIV co-infection, organ transplant. But due to the detection of lack of information to primary care professionals, we consider to will be useful this document written and agreed to by family phisicians, pediatricians and specialists in International Health. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.
José Borges Pereira
Full Text Available De janeiro a abril de 1982 foi desenvolvido um estudo seccional sobre a morbidade da doença de Chagas humana na área urbana do município de Virgem da Lapa, nordeste de Minas Gerais, Vale do Jequitinhonha. A prevalência da infecção chagásica avaliada através da reação de imunofluorescência indireta em sangue colhido em papel de filtro foi de 12,6%, em uma amostra de 2.787 pessoas residentes. O índice da infecção foi mais elevado no grupo de mulheres (p From January to April 1982 a cross sectional study of the morbidity of human Chagas'disease was carried out in the urban area of the municipality of Virgem da Lapa, in Northeast Minas Gerais State, in the Valley of Jequitinhonha. The prevalence of the chagasic infection evaluated by the indirect immunofluorescent test in blood collected on filter paper was 12.6% in 2.787samples. The infection rate was higher in women than in men (p < 0.001 and the general prevalence of the infection increased progressively up to the fifth decade after which it stabilised. The clinical, electrocardiographical and radiological examinations in 255 chronic chagasics paired by age and sex with the same number of non- chagasic persons from the same area, showed the following clinical forms in chagasics: 118 (46.3% with the indeterminate form, 109 (42.7% with the cardiac form, 19 (7.5% mixed form (cardiac and megaesophagus, and 9(3.5% with megaesophagus. Xenodiagnoses were positive in 36.7% of the cases, with a predominance in males with the indeterminate clinical form.
Wilson, David; Monnet, Eric
To identify risk factors for the development of aspiration pneumonia after unilateral arytenoid lateralization in dogs with laryngeal paralysis. Retrospective case series. 232 client-owned dogs with a diagnosis of laryngeal paralysis treated with left-sided unilateral arytenoid lateralization. Medical records were reviewed. Signalment, medical history, surgical complications, and outcome data were collected. Follow-up was performed via review of medical records and by telephone interview with the owner, referring veterinarian, or both. At the 1-, 3-, and 4-year follow-up periods, aspiration pneumonia occurred in 18.6%, 31.8%, and 31.8% of dogs, respectively. The 1-, 3-, and 4-year survival rates for dogs with postoperative aspiration pneumonia were 83.1%, 51.5%, and 25.8%, respectively. None of the dogs with aspiration pneumonia before surgery developed clinical signs of aspiration pneumonia after surgery. Postoperative megaesophagus (hazard ratio [HR], 2.58; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.56 to 3.93) and postoperative administration of opioid analgesics prior to discharge (HR, 1.69; 95% CI, 1.12 to 2.80) were significant risk factors for the long-term development of aspiration pneumonia in this study. Perioperative metoclopramide administration did not significantly decrease the risk for development of aspiration pneumonia (HR, 0.94; 95% CI, 0.67 to 1.37). In the present study, aspiration pneumonia was the most commonly reported postoperative complication of unilateral lateralization in dogs treated for laryngeal paralysis; however, preexisting aspiration pneumonia was not associated with an increased risk for development of aspiration pneumonia after surgery. Megaesophagus was identified as an important risk factor for eventual development of aspiration pneumonia. Administration of an opioid analgesic may increase the risk of aspiration pneumonia in dogs treated surgically for laryngeal paralysis.
Fernanda da Silva Manoel-Caetano
Full Text Available Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease, presents a high degree of intraspecific genetic variability, with possible implications for the clinical forms of the disease, like the development of cardiopathy, megaesophagus, and megacolon, alone or in combination. This tissue tropism involved in the pathogenesis of Chagas disease has still not been totally elucidated. Thus, the current review approaches key aspects of T. cruzi genetic diversity, the clinical forms of Chagas disease, and the infection of the host cell by the parasite and the immune response. Other aspects discussed here include the release of immunosuppressive factors by the parasite, acting in the host's immune response pathways; host cell apoptosis inhibition; the pathogenesis of chagasic megaesophagus, which can be related to host-parasite interaction; and finally the association between megaesophagus and increased risk for the development of squamous-cell esophageal carcinoma. However, despite great advances in the understanding of this disease, it is still not possible to establish the true relationship between the parasite's genetic variability and the clinical form of Chagas disease.O Trypanosoma cruzi, agente etiológico da doença de Chagas, apresenta elevado grau de variabilidade genética intra-específica, com possíveis implicações na forma clínica da doença, como o desenvolvimento de cardiopatia, do megaesôfago e do megacólon de forma isolada ou em associação. Este tropismo tecidual envolvido na patogênese da doença não está totalmente esclarecido. Assim, nesta revisão são abordados alguns aspectos referentes à diversidade genética dos parasitas isolados, às formas clínicas da doença de Chagas, ao processo de infecção do parasita na célula hospedeira e resposta imune. Outros aspectos também são enfocados, como os fatores imunossupressivos liberados pelo parasita que atuam na regulação das respostas imunes, a inibição da
Full Text Available Foram estudados prospectivamente 190 chagásicos, do ponto de vista clínico, eletrocardiográfico e abreugráfico do esôfago, no período médio de 13 anos, sendo encontrados 108 (56,8% com a forma clínica inalterada, 72 (37,9% com doença progressiva e 10 (5,3% nos quais houve normalização do eletrocardiograma. Nos 72, em que a doença progrediu, 39 desenvolveram cardiopatia ou agravaram a já existente, 32 evoluíram para, ou pioraram o megaesôfago prévio e, 12 evoluíram para colopatia ou agravaram a já existente. Dentre os 72, 11 tinham formas clínicas associadas. A evolução da cardiopatia foi maior no sexo masculino 29,6% (21/71 que no feminino 15,1% (18/119, p = 0,015. Houve 19 casos novos de cardiopatia e 20 agravaram a cardiopatia prévia. A incidência de megaesôfago foi 14,9% (23/154 e nove agravaram o megaesôfago já existente. A evolução da colopatia foi maior no sexo feminino 9,2% (11/119, que no masculino 1,4% (1/71, p =0,026.A prospective study was performed on the clinical, electrocardiographic (ECG and radiologic aspects of the esophagus in 190 chagasic patients, for on average follow-up period of 13 years. We found 108 (56.8% patients who remained in the same clinical state, 72 (37.9% patients with progressive illness and 10 (5.3% patients whose previous ECG abnormalities subsided. Thirty nine out of 72 patients with progressive disease developed cardiopathy or aggravation of previous illness, 32 developed into megaesophagus or an existing picture deteriorated and 12 developed or showed worsening of the colopathy. Of 72 patients, 11 presented with associated forms. The development of cardiopathy was greater in males 29.6% (21/71 than in females 15.1% (18/119, p =0.015. There were 19 new cases of cardiopathy, and 20 of aggravated previous disease. The incidence of megaesophagus was 14.9% (23/154, with nine patients whose previous disease worsened. The progression of colopathy was greater in females 9.2% (11
O perfil dos portadores de doença de Chagas, com ênfase na forma digestiva, em hospital terciário de Ribeirão Preto, SP Features of Chagas' disease patients with emphasis on digestive form, in a tertiary hospital of Ribeirão Preto, SP
Mayra Mayumi Kamiji
Full Text Available Para caracterizar o perfil clínico e demográfico dos portadores da forma digestiva da doença de Chagas atualmente atendidos no Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, foram revistos 377 prontuários de pacientes com resultado positivo para reação sorológica para a doença de Chagas atendidos entre janeiro de 2002 a março de 2003. A idade mediana dos pacientes era de 67 anos e 210 (56% eram mulheres. Megaesôfago e/ou megacólon chagásicos estavam presentes em 135 pacientes, dos quais, 59% apresentavam cardiopatia. Para 49% dos pacientes com doença digestiva, havia prescrição de pelo menos dois medicamentos para tratamento de doença cardiovascular. Em 66 pacientes, foram detectadas comorbidades crônicas. A população de portadores da forma digestiva da doença de Chagas do HCFMRP é majoritariamente geriátrica e apresenta freqüência elevada de doenças cardiovasculares, o que sugere risco elevado das modalidades de tratamento cirúrgico do megaesôfago e megacólon.In order to characterize the demographic and clinical profile of patients with digestive manifestations of Chagas' disease, the medical records were reviewed of patients (n = 377 currently attended at Hospital das Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto with positive serologic reaction for Chagas' disease and admitted from January 2002 to March 2003. Median age was 67 years and 210 (56% were women. Megaesophagus and/or megacolon were present in 135 patients, 59% of these had cardiopathy. For 49% of patients with digestive disease, at least two medical prescriptions of medicines for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases were found. In 66 patients, chronic comorbidities were detected. The population with digestive manifestation of Chagas' disease referred to HCFMRP is mostly geriatric, with an elevated frequency of cardiopathy, which may indicate a high risk for surgical approach to the treatment of chagasic megaesophagus and
Berry, C.R.; Gaschen, F.P.; Ackerman, N.
Hypertrophic fellne musculer dystrophy has been reported as an X-linked inherited deficiency of a cytoskeletal myofiber protein called dystrophin. This report deserlbes the radiographic and ultrasonographic abnormalities of two male littermate domestic short-hair cats and reviews the previous reported findings assoclated with hypertrophic feline muscular dystrophy. The thoracic radiographic abnormalities included: progressive cardiomegaly, large convex, scalloped irregularities associated with the vetral aspect of the diaphragm, and variable degrees of esophageal dilation (megaesophagus) with associated cranioventral aspiration pneumonia. Echocardiographic features included: concentric left vetricular wall thickening, increased left ventricular and diastolic and systolic dimensions, and an increase in endocardial echogenicity. Abdominal radiographic abnormalities included: hepatosplenomegaly, peritoneal effusion, renomegaly, adrenal gland mineralization, and paralumbar and diaphragmatic musculature enlargement. Abdomlnal ultrasonographic abnormalities included: irregularly thickened muscular portion of the diaphragm; hypoechogenicity of the liver; peritoneal effusion; hepatosplenomegaly; renomegaly with hyperechoic cortex and medulla; and adrenal gland mineralization. The irregular scalloped appearance of the diaphragm (particularly along the ventral/sternal margin) was a consistenl radiographic abnormlity in the two cats with hypertrophic feline muscular dystrophy after the age of 7 months. This finding was confirmed by ultrasound as a thickened irregular, hyperechoic diaphragm. A diagnosis of hypertrophic feline muscular dystrophy should be strongly suspected if this abnormality is identified
J. Romeu Cançado
Full Text Available Os autores apresentam o estudo radiográfico (abreugrafia contrastada para estudo de esofagopatia chagásica em 1314 pacientes, com 1307 normais, 188 duvidosos e 12 (0,9% apresentando megaesôfago.Roentgenphotography 70 mm in size, with contrast medium has proved to be a very practical method for mass examination of the esophagus, as the Authors have shown in a Roentgenphography Service, of great movement (36.206 patients in 1 year, in Belo Horizonte, M.G., Brasil. The time of execution of each examination has been prolonged about two minutes, as compared to the conventional method. The operational cost was about one third of conventional retention test, which uses fluoroscopy and 24x30 cm films. Normal cases, and those with clear retention of contrast medium, usually do not present difficulty in interpretation and offer credible results. However, a minority of cases, which the Authors called doubtful, need better study. Among 1.314 examined patients, 1.307 (84,8% were normal, 188 (14,3% were doubtful and 12 (0,9% were classified as megaesophagus. The roentgenphotography in lateral position proved to be more advantageous than the anterior oblique position. Further studies are needed, in order to get better evaluation of doubtful cases. The method was shown to be practical for epidemiologic study of the esophagopathy of Chagas' disease and the Aurthors suggest its realization on other regions and health centers of endemic areas.
Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. A 41-year-old woman with a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, asthma and iron deficiency anemia presented with complaints of right sided chest pain, nausea and emesis for several days prior to hospital presentation. She had also been experiencing progressive dysphagia to solids for a month preceding admission. CT chest imaging revealed mega-esophagus (Figure 1A with rupture into the right lung parenchyma and resultant abscess formation (Figure 1B and 1C. A subsequent echocardiogram also confirmed mitral valve endocarditis. An image-guided chest tube was placed in the abscess for drainage. Endoscopy was attempted but visualization was difficult due to the presence of retained food. Given her low albumin and poor nutritional state, a jejunostomy tube was placed. Follow up CT imaging with contrast through a nasogastric tube confirmed extravasation of esophageal contrast into the right lung parenchyma (Figure 1D. Blood and sputum cultures grew Candida glabrata. She was initially started on ...
Ribeiro, Betânia Maria; Crema, Eduardo; Rodrigues, Virmondes
The commitment of the digestive organs observed in patients during the chronic phase of Chagas' disease is mainly attributed to neuronal damage induced by immune and inflammatory processes elicited by the presence of Trypanosoma cruzi. Here we compare the cellular immune response in patients with the digestive and indeterminate forms of Chagas' disease on the basis of lymphocyte proliferation and cytokine production after antigen or mitogen stimulation. No significant differences between patients groups were observed on proliferative response or on tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and interleukin (IL)-10 levels, although IL-10 achieves higher levels than TNF-alpha after T. cruzi antigen stimulation. Interferon (IFN)-gamma basal production was significantly higher in the digestive form and IL-4 was significantly higher in patients with megaesophagus when compared with patients with megacolon. These results indicated that patients with the digestive form of Chagas' disease do not suffer immune suppression and that the cytokine balance favors a strong inflammatory reaction in patients with the digestive form, which may contribute to lesions of the mioenteric nervous system.
Salis, G B; Albertengo, J C; Bruno, M; Palau, G; González Villaveirán, R; Lombardo, D; Villafañe, V; Zorraquín, C; Ghigliani, M
Polypoid tumours of the esophagus present diagnostic and therapeutic problems. Liposarcomas are infrequent among them. We report a recent case. A 73-year-old male patient was seen in May 1995 in the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department, Clinica Modelo de Morón, with intermittent dysphagia and dyspnoea due to recurrent vomiting. A laryngeal lineal tomography showed a subglottic obstruction due to extrinsic compression. The patient was referred to the Gastroenterology Department, where an upper gastrointestinal (upper GI) series demonstrated mega-esophagus with abundant retained food. Endoscopy showed a large intraluminal mass covered by normal mucosa which arose on the posterior wall. Videofluoroscopy and chest CT diagnosed a probable polypoid lipoma due to its densitometric characteristics. The tumour was resected by left cervicotomy and left esophagotomy. The patient's progress to date is favourable. Pathology studies showed a well-differentiated liposarcoma. According to the literature, the first case was reported in 1983, and ours is only the seventh case in the world to be documented. © 1998 International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus/Harcourt Brace & Co. Ltd.
Tsai, Kate L; Noorai, Rooksana E; Starr-Moss, Alison N; Quignon, Pascale; Rinz, Caitlin J; Ostrander, Elaine A; Steiner, Jörg M; Murphy, Keith E; Clark, Leigh Anne
The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is a popular working and companion breed for which over 50 hereditary diseases have been documented. Herein, SNP profiles for 197 GSDs were generated using the Affymetrix v2 canine SNP array for a genome-wide association study to identify loci associated with four diseases: pituitary dwarfism, degenerative myelopathy (DM), congenital megaesophagus (ME), and pancreatic acinar atrophy (PAA). A locus on Chr 9 is strongly associated with pituitary dwarfism and is proximal to a plausible candidate gene, LHX3. Results for DM confirm a major locus encompassing SOD1, in which an associated point mutation was previously identified, but do not suggest modifier loci. Several SNPs on Chr 12 are associated with ME and a 4.7 Mb haplotype block is present in affected dogs. Analysis of additional ME cases for a SNP within the haplotype provides further support for this association. Results for PAA indicate more complex genetic underpinnings. Several regions on multiple chromosomes reach genome-wide significance. However, no major locus is apparent and only two associated haplotype blocks, on Chrs 7 and 12 are observed. These data suggest that PAA may be governed by multiple loci with small effects, or it may be a heterogeneous disorder.
Bernardo, Cássia Rubia; Camargo, Ana Vitória Silveira; Ronchi, Luís Sérgio; de Oliveira, Amanda Priscila; de Campos Júnior, Eumildo; Borim, Aldenis Albaneze; Brandão de Mattos, Cinara Cássia; Bestetti, Reinaldo Bulgarelli; de Mattos, Luiz Carlos
Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, can affect the heart, esophagus and colon. The reasons that some patients develop different clinical forms or remain asymptomatic are unclear. It is believed that tissue immunogenetic markers influence the tropism of T. cruzi for different organs. ABO, Secretor and Lewis histo-blood group systems express a variety of tissue carbohydrate antigens that influence the susceptibility or resistance to diseases. This study aimed to examine the association of ABO, secretor and Lewis histo-blood systems with the clinical forms of Chagas disease. We enrolled 339 consecutive adult patients with chronic Chagas disease regardless of gender (cardiomyopathy: n=154; megaesophagus: n=119; megacolon: n=66). The control group was composed by 488 healthy blood donors. IgG anti-T. cruzi antibodies were detected by ELISA. ABO and Lewis phenotypes were defined by standard hemagglutination tests. Secretor (FUT2) and Lewis (FUT3) genotypes, determined by Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP), were used to infer the correct histo-blood group antigens expressed in the gastrointestinal tract. The proportions between groups were compared using the χ2 test with Yates correction and Fisher's exact test and the Odds Ratio (OR) and 95% Confidence Interval (95% CI) were calculated. An alpha error of 5% was considered significant with p-values Chagas disease. Copyright Â© 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Antinori, Spinello; Galimberti, Laura; Bianco, Roberto; Grande, Romualdo; Galli, Massimo; Corbellino, Mario
Chagas disease (CD) or American trypanosomiasis identified in 1909 by Carlos Chagas, has become over the last 40years a global health concern due to the huge migration flows from Latin America to Europe, United States, Canada and Japan. In Europe, most migrants from CD-endemic areas are concentrated in Spain, Italy, France, United Kingdom and Switzerland. Pooled seroprevalence studies conducted in Europe show an overall 4.2% prevalence, with the highest infection rates observed among individuals from Bolivia (18.1%). However, in most European countries the disease is neglected with absence of screening programmes and low access to diagnosis and treatment. Physicians working in Europe should also be aware of the risk of autochthonous transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi to newborns by their infected mothers and to recipients of blood or transplanted organs from infected donors. Finally, physicians should be able to recognize and treat the most frequent and serious complications of chronic Chagas disease, namely cardiomyopathy, megacolon and megaesophagus. This review aims to highlights the problem of CD in Europe by reviewing papers published by European researchers on this argument, in order to raise the awareness of internists who are bound to increasingly encounter patients with the disease in their routine daily activities. Copyright © 2017 European Federation of Internal Medicine. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Griffin, Maureen A; Sutton, Jessie S; Hunt, Geraldine B; Pypendop, Bruno H; Mayhew, Philipp D
To report the use of low-pressure carbon dioxide insufflation during video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for resection of a noninvasive thymoma in a cat with secondary myasthenia gravis. Clinical case report. Client-owned cat. An 11-year-old castrated male domestic shorthair cat was examined for generalized weakness, voice change, hypersalivation, hyporexia, vomiting, coughing, and gagging. Thoracic ultrasound revealed a cranial mediastinal mass for which cytology was consistent with a thymoma (or lymphoid tissue). Acetylcholine receptor antibody concentration was elevated at 3.16 mmol/L (reference interval thymoma with paraneoplastic myasthenia gravis was made and surgical resection of both mediastinal masses was recommended. Video-assisted thoracoscopic resection of the cranial mediastinal mass and sternal lymph node were performed with low-pressure carbon dioxide insufflation maintained at an intrathoracic pressure of 2-3 mmHg. The cat recovered from surgery without serious complications. Nineteen months after surgery, the cat developed hind limb stiffness. Thoracic radiographs ruled out a cranial mediastinal mass or megaesophagus. Acetylcholine receptor antibody concentration remained elevated at 2.72 mmol/L. Low-pressure thoracic insufflation facilitated video-assisted thoracoscopic resection of cranial mediastinal masses in this cat. © Copyright 2016 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
J. N. Rocha
Full Text Available No presente trabalho estudou-se a fisiologia urinária de pacientes com Doença de Chagas nas suas diversas formas. Grupo A (controle com 21 indivíduos normais; Gupo B: 16 pacientes com sorologia positiva; Grupo C: com 16 pacientes com cardiopatia chagásica e Grupo D: 21 pacientes com esofagopatia e/ou megacolon chagásicos. Os resultados mostraram que não houve diferenças significantes (p > 0,05 entre os 4 grupos estudados para os parâmetros: capacidade cistométrica, pressão de micção e fluxo urinário. Entretanto, houve diferenças significantes (p In this article we have studied the pathophysiology of the lower urinary tract of patients with chronic Chagas' disease: Control Group (A with 21 normal individuals; Group (B 16 patients with positive serum for T. cruzi; Group (C 16 patients with Chagas' cardiophaty and Group (D 21 patients with Chagas' megacolon or megaesophagus. Urodynamics did not show difference (p > 0,05 among all groups as long as the following parameters are concerned: cystometric bladder capacity, voiding pressure, and urinary flow. On the contrary, a significant difference (p < 0,05 was observed between Groups A and D in the following parameters: abdominal pressure, detrussor pressure, urethral pressure and time of voiding. These findings suggest that Chagas' disease promotes changes of the lower urinary tract in patients that bears digestive dysfunction.
Full Text Available Chagas disease is a multisystemic disorder caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which affects ~8 million people in Latin America, killing 7,000 people annually. Chagas disease is one of the main causes of death in the endemic area and the leading cause of infectious myocarditis in the world. T. cruzi infection induces two phases, acute and chronic, where the infection is initially asymptomatic and the majority of patients will remain clinically indeterminate for life. However, over a period of 10–30 years, ~30% of infected individuals will develop irreversible, potentially fatal cardiac syndromes (chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy [CCC], and/or dilatation of the gastro-intestinal tract (megacolon or megaesophagus. Myocarditis is the most serious and frequent manifestation of chronic Chagas heart disease and appears in about 30% of infected individuals several years after infection occurs. Myocarditis is characterized by a mononuclear cell infiltrate that includes different types of myeloid and lymphoid cells and it can occur also in the acute phase. T. cruzi infects and replicates in macrophages and cardiomyocytes as well as in other nucleated cells. The pathogenesis of the chronic phase is thought to be dependent on an immune-inflammatory reaction to a low-grade replicative infection. It is known that cytokines produced by type 1 helper CD4+ T cells are able to control infection. However, the role that infiltrating lymphoid and myeloid cells may play in experimental and natural Chagas disease pathogenesis has not been completely elucidated, and several reports indicate that it depends on the mouse genetic background and parasite strain and/or inoculum. Here, we review the role that T cell CD4+ subsets, myeloid subclasses including myeloid-derived suppressor cells may play in the immunopathogenesis of Chagas disease with special focus on myocarditis, by comparing results obtained with different experimental animal models.
Maxwel Capsy Boga Ribeiro
Full Text Available There is a clear association between chagasic megaesophagus and the esophageal cancer. On the other hand, the association between chagasic megacolon and intestinal neoplasm is uncommon. There are only a few cases described in literature. We selected two cases of colorectal adenocarcinoma associated with adenoma from 2000 to 2011, which are added to the four patients already described by this group. The mean age of the patients, was 68.5 years. Both had been submitted to surgical resection of the neoplasm. Survival rates ranged and were directly related to tumor staging at the time of diagnosis. In this context, we report our case series and reviwed the corresponding literature, especially the clinical and epidemiological aspects of this rare association.Há uma clara associação entre megaesôfago por doença de Chagas e o câncer esofágico. Ao contrário, tal relação, entre megacólon chagásico e neoplasias do intestino grosso é, reconhecidamente, incomum. Existem poucos casos relatados na literatura. Destacamos, entre 2000 e 2011, dois casos, sendo ambos adenocarcinomas colorretais e associados a adenomas, que se somam aos outros quatro já descritos por este grupo. A média de idade dos pacientes, foi de 68,5 anos. Todos foram submetidos à ressecção cirúrgica da neoplasia. A sobrevida foi variável e diretamente relacionada ao estádio do tumor no momento do diagnóstico. Dentro desse contexto, relatamos essa série de casos e revisamos a literatura correlata, com relação aos aspectos clínicos e epidemiológicos dessa rara associação.
Full Text Available Three different periods may be considered in the evolution of knowledge about the clinical and epidemiological aspects of Chagas disease since its discovery: (a early period concerning the studies carried out by Carlos Chagas in Lassance with the collaboration of other investigators of the Manguinhos School. At that time the disease was described and the parasite, transmitters and reservoirs were studied. The coexistence of endemic goiter in the same region generated some confusion about the clinical forms of the disease; (b second period involving uncertainty and the description of isolated cases, which lasted until the 1940 decade. Many acute cases were described during this period and the disease was recognized in many Latin American countries. Particularly important were the studies of the Argentine Mission of Regional Pathology Studies, which culminated with the description of the Romaña sign in the 1930 decade, facilitating the diagnosis of the early phase of the disease. However, the chronic phase, which was the most important, continued to be difficult to recognize; (c period of consolidation of knowledge and recognition of the importance of Chagas disease. Studies conducted by Laranja, Dias and Nóbrega in Bambuí updated the description of Chagas heart disease made by Carlos Chagas and Eurico Villela. From then on, the disease was more easily recognized, especially with the emphasis on the use of a serologic diagnosis; (d period of enlargement of knowledges on the disease. The studies on denervation conducted in Ribeirão Preto by Fritz Köberle starting in the 1950 decade led to a better understanding of the relations between Chagas disease and megaesophagus and other visceral megas detected in endemic areas.
Cléber de Mesquita Andrade
Full Text Available Abstract: INTRODUCTION : This study evaluated the clinical forms and manifestation severities of Chagas disease among serologically reactive individuals from Western Rio Grande do Norte (Northeastern Brazil. METHODS : This cross-sectional study included 186 adults who were evaluated using electrocardiography, echocardiography, chest radiography, and contrast radiography of the esophagus and colon. A clinical-epidemiological questionnaire was also used. RESULTS : The indeterminate, cardiac, digestive, and cardiodigestive clinical forms of Chagas disease were diagnosed in 51.6% (96/186, 32.2% (60/186, 8.1% (15/186 and 8.1% (15/186 of the participants, respectively. Heart failure (functional classes I-IV was detected in 7.5% (14/186 of the participants, and 36.4% (24/66, 30.3% (20/66, 15.2% (10/66, 13.6% (9/66, and 4.5% (3/66 of the patients were at stage A, B1, B2, C, and D, respectively. Dilated cardiomyopathy and electrocardiographic changes were detected in 10.2% (19/186 and 48.1% (91/186 of the participants, respectively. Apical aneurysm was diagnosed in 10.8% (20/186 of the participants, and other changes in the segmental myocardial contractility of the left ventricle were diagnosed in 33.9% (63/186 of the participants. Megaesophagus (groups I-IV was observed in 7% (13/186 of the participants, megacolon (grades 1-3 was detected in12.9% (24/186 of the participants, and both organs were affected in 29.2% (7/24 of the megacolon cases. CONCLUSIONS : We detected various clinical forms of Chagas disease (including the digestive form. Our findings indicate that clinical symptoms alone may not be sufficient to exclude or confirm cardiac and/or digestive damage, and the number of patients with symptomatic clinical forms may be underestimated.
Tatiana da Silva Fonseca de Oliveira
Full Text Available ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease in humans, mainly in Latin America. Trypanosome stocks were isolated by hemoculture from patients followed at Evandro Chagas National Institute of Infectious Diseases (FIOCRUZ and studied using different approaches. METHODS: For species and genotype identification, the stocks were analyzed by parasitological techniques, polymerase chain reaction assays targeted to specific DNA sequences, isoenzyme patterns, besides sequencing of a polymorphic locus of TcSC5D gene (one stock. RESULTS: The isolates presented typical T. cruzi morphology and usually grew well in routine culture media. Metacyclic trypomastigotes were found in cultures or experimentally infected Triatoma infestans. All isolates were pure T. cruzi cultures, presenting typical 330-bp products from kinetoplast DNA minicircles, and 250 or 200-bp amplicons from the mini-exon non-transcribed spacer. Their genetic type assignment was resolved by their isoenzyme profiles. The finding of TcI in one asymptomatic patient from Paraíba was confirmed by the sequencing assay. TcVI was found in two asymptomatic individuals from Bahia and Rio Grande do Sul. TcII was identified in six patients from Pernambuco, Bahia and Minas Gerais, who presented different clinical forms: cardiac (2, digestive with megaesophagus (1, and indeterminate (3. CONCLUSIONS: The main T. cruzi genotypes found in Brazilian chronic patients were identified in this work, including TcI, which is less frequent and usually causes asymptomatic disease, unlike that in other American countries. This study emphasizes the importance of T. cruzi genotyping for possible correlations between the parasite and patient’ responses to therapeutic treatment or disease clinical manifestations.
Stanaway, Jeffrey D; Roth, Gregory
Chagas disease, caused by infection with the protozoa Trypanosoma cruzi is transmitted most often by Triatominae insect vectors, but also through blood transfusion, organ transplant, and congenital transmission. Between 5 and 18 million people are currently infected and the infection is estimated to cause more than 10,000 deaths annually. The disease has 3 phases: acute, indeterminate, and chronic. The acute phase immediately follows infection. It is typically asymptomatic but produces fever and malaise in up to 5% of people. The indeterminate phase is asymptomatic. More than one-half of those infected will remain in this phase for life and never experience long-term sequelae. After a decade or more, 20% to 30% of people will experience chronic cardiovascular Chagas disease with sequelae including heart failure, arrhythmias, and thromboembolism. Another 15% to 20% will experience chronic digestive sequela including megaesophagus and megacolon. A complete accounting of the burden of Chagas disease requires estimating the prevalence of the infection, the prevalence of each of its sequelae among those with the infection, and the number of deaths attributable to the infection. Attempts to estimate Chagas disease prevalence are complicated by several challenges imposed by the disease's extreme spatial heterogeneity, quickly evolving temporal trends, the decades-long lag between infection and symptomatic disease, biased prevalence data, incomplete recognition of Chagas-attributable deaths, limited data on sequela, and a near total absence of data outside of endemic countries. Even though researchers have found methodological approaches to dealing with these challenges, there is a need for better data. Copyright © 2015 World Heart Federation (Geneva). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Cardioplasty and Roux-en-Y partial gastrectomy (Serra-Dória procedure for reoperation of achalasia Cardioplastia e gastrectomia parcial em Y-de-Roux (operação de Serra-Dória para reoperações no megaesôfago
Full Text Available BACKGROUND: After cardiomyotomy for the treatment of megaesophagus, recurrence of symptoms occur in up to 15% of the patients, but only some require a reoperation. AIM: To evaluate the results of reoperation - cardioplasty with Roux-en-Y partial gastrectomy, a technique proposed by Serra-Dória. CASUISTIC AND METHODS: Twenty patients with achalasia previously treated by cardiomyotomy, were retrospectively studied. The etiology of symptoms recurrence was reflux esophagitis in nine (45.0% patients, healing of the myotomy in five (25.0%, end staging megaesophagus in five (25.0% and incomplete myotomy in one (5%. Intra and postoperative complications were analyzed. The patients were studied by clinical (dysphagia, regurgitation, heartburn and weight gain, radiological and endoscopic evaluation, in the pre- and postoperative period. RESULTS: Five (25.0% patients had complications in the immediate postoperative period. No deaths were observed. Dysphagia improved in all the patients. Regurgitation and heartburn almost disappeared in the whole group. Weight was maintained or increased in 64.7% of the patients. Radiological studies showed a decrease in the caliber of the esophagus in 53.0%, while the remaining patients maintained the pre-operative diameter. Endoscopy, performed during the late postoperative period in 17 patients, showed that 6 among the 9 with reflux esophagitis improved; 2 among the 8 with a normal esophagus during the preoperative period, developed esophagitis. CONCLUSIONS: The Serra-Dória procedure for the treatment of megaesophagus in patients who had already undergone cardiomyotomy and whose symptoms recurred, presented a low morbidity and no mortality. It offered a significant relief of symptoms with a decrease of the caliber of the esophagus in several patients. The patients also improved with regards to reflux esophagitis. In some cases reflux was still present after surgery. Others with normal esophagus in the preoperative
Chagas' disease and ageing: the coexistence of other chronic diseases with Chagas' disease in elderly patients Doença de Chagas e envelhecimento: a associação de outras enfermidades crônicas em pacientes idosos chagásicos
Rosalía Matera de Angelis Alves
Full Text Available This study aimed to identify the main comorbidities in elderly chagasic patients treated in a reference service and identify possible associations between the clinical form of Chagas' disease and chronic diseases. Ninety patients aged 60 years-old or over were interviewed and their clinical diagnoses recorded. The study population profile was: women (55.6%; median age (67 years; married (51.1%; retired (73.3%; up to four years' education (64.4%; and earning less than two minimum wages (67.8%. The predominant forms of Chagas' disease were the cardiac (46.7% and mixed forms (30%. There was a greater proportion of mild cardiac dysfunction (84.1%, frequently in association with megaesophagus. The mean number of concurrent diseases was 2.856 ± 1.845, and 33% of the patients had four or more comorbidities. The most frequent were systemic arterial hypertension (56.7%, osteoporosis (23.3%, osteoarthritis (21.2% and dyslipidemia (20%. Positive correlations were verified between sex and comorbidities and between age group and comorbidities.Este trabalho objetivou avaliar o perfil sociodemográfico e identificar as principais co-morbidades de idosos chagásicos, buscando associação entre forma clínica da doença de Chagas e enfermidades crônicas. Foi realizada entrevista e levantamento dos diagnósticos clínicos de 90 chagásicos com idade > 60 anos. Encontrou-se: mulheres (55,6%, mediana de 67 anos, casados (51,1% e renda mensal inferior a dois salários-mínimos (67,8%. A forma clínica predominante foi a cardíaca (46,7%, seguida da mista (30%. Houve maior proporção de cardiopatia leve (84,1%, sendo frequente a associação com megaesôfago. Trinta e três por cento apresentavam quatro ou mais co-morbidades, dentre elas: hipertensão arterial (56,7%, osteoporose (23,3%, osteoartrite (21,2% e dislipidemia (20%. Obteve-se correlação positiva entre gênero e co-morbidades, faixa etária e co-morbidades.
Esteia R.O. Caliari
Full Text Available Foi realizado um estudo quantitativo e qualitativo dos plexos de Auerbach e Meissner do esôfago de quatro cães chagásicos sacrificados na fase aguda da infecção. As ganglionites e periganglionites do plexo de Auerbach variaram de discretas a moderadas, induzindo lesões neuronais significativas, principalmente em dois animais. Os gânglios do plexo de Meissner foram observados em pequeno número, impossibilitando qualquer análise. Miosite discreta ou moderada foi observada principalmente no terço inferior do esôfago, raramente associada a ninhos de amastigotas. A contagem de gânglios e neurônios não demonstrou desnervação. Apesar de em nenhum dos cães ter sido induzida a formação de megaesôfago, relatamos lesões do plexo de Auerbach e de miocélulas do esôfago de animais na fase aguda da infecção chagásica. Este parece ser o primeiro estudo quantitativo e qualitativo sistemático dos plexos de Auerbach e Meissner do esôfago na tripanosomíase cruzi experimental.A quantitative and qualitative study was conducted on the Auerbach and Meissner plexuses of the esophagus of four chagasic dogs sacrificed during the acute pbase of infection. Ganglionitis and periganglionitis of the Auerbach plexus ranged from mild to moderate and induced significant neuronal lesions, especially in two animals. The ganglions of the Meissner plexus were obsenvd in small number which did not permit any analysís. Mild or moderate myositis iras obsewed mainly in the lower third of the esophagus and was rarely associated with amastigote nests. Ganglion and neuron connts did not demonstrate denervation. Although the formation of megaesophagus was not induced in any dog, lesions of the Auerbach plexus and myocells of the esophagus were observed during the acute phase of chagasic infection. To our knowledge, this is the first systematic quantitative and qualitative study of the Auerbach and Meissner plexuses of the esophagus in experimental
Alejandro García Gutiérrez
Full Text Available Se presentan 42 esofagoplastias con segmentos pediculados de yeyuno. Se exponen las indicaciones, los principales detalles de la técnica, las complicaciones, la mortalidad y los resultados tardíos. En el 80,9 % de los pacientes la indicación fue la acalasia (megaesófago o fracaso de la técnica de Heller y la estenosis no dilatable secundaria a la esofagitis por reflujo. En 4 pacientes se usó una nueva técnica por una vía combinada, abdominal y torácica derecha. La complicación más frecuente fue la dehiscencia de la anastomosis esofagoyeyunal (6 pacientes con 2 fallecimientos. La mortalidad posoperatoria fue de 12,0 %, la cual disminuyó a 5,0 % en los últimos 20 pacientes operados. El segmento yeyunal interpuesto cumplió eficientemente las funciones de tránsito y esfinteriana del esófago. Se concluye que esta técnica se debe emplear para el reemplazo del esófago distal en las estenosis benignas que no pueden ser resueltas con métodos más conservadores y excepcionalmente, en otros procesos patológicos, y para las sustituciones totales y subtotales del esófago, cuando no existe otra alternativa2 esophagoplastias with pedunculated segments of jejunum were presented. The indications, the main details of the technique, the complications, mortality and the late results are exposed. In 80,9 % of the patients the indications were achalasia (megaesophagus or failure of Heller`s technique and the nondilatable stenosis to reflux esophagitis. A new technique by a combined, abdominal and right thoracic route was used in 4 patients. The dehiscence of the esophagojejunal anastomosis was the most common complication (6 patients with 2 deaths. Postoperative mortality was 12.0 %, which decreased to 5.0 % in the last 20 patients operated on. The interposed jejunal segment fulfilled efficiently the transit and sphincteral functions of the esophagus. It is concluded that this technique should be used to replace the distal esophagus in bening
Ulysses G. Meneghelli
Full Text Available Involvement of the hollow organs of the digestive apparatus can occur in patients in the chronic phase of Chagas' disease. The basic mechanism is destruction of neurons of the enteric nervous system. Whereas megaesophagus and megacolon are the most notable and most extensively studied expressions of the digestive form of Chagas' disease, involvement of the small intestine (Chagasic enteropathy is less frequent and less known than involvement of the two above mentioned entities. Chagasic enteropathy can be responsible for important clinical and laboratory manifestations resembling those of dyspeptic syndrome, intestinal pseudo-obstruction and bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Chagasic enteropathy also involves peculiar functional changes, especially those related to motor activity of the organ and to intestinal absorption of carbohydrates. In practice, the diagnosis is based on radiographic documentation of dilation of visceral segments. Treatment consists of clinical control of the above syndromes and, eventually, appropriate surgical operations.O comprometimento dos órgãos ocos do aparelho digestivo pode ocorrer nos portadores da fase crônica da doença de Chagas. O mecanismo básico é a destruição dos neurônios do sistema nervoso entérico. Conquanto o megaesôfago e o megacólon sejam as expressões mais notáveis e estudadas da forma digestiva da doença de Chagas, o envolvimento do intestino delgado (enteropatia chagásica é menos freqüente e menos conhecido do que o das duas entidades mencionadas. A enteropatia chagásica pode ser responsável por importantes manifestações clínicas e laboratoriais que se assemelham às das síndromes dispéptica, de pseudo-obstrução intestinal e de supercrescimento bacteriano no intestino delgado. A enteropatia chagásica também acarreta peculiares alterações funcionais, particularmente relacionadas à atividade motora do órgão, bem como, à absorção intestinal de
Avaliação dos níveis séricos das vitaminas A, E, C e B2, de carotenóides e zinco, em idosos hospitalizados Assessment of vitamin A, E, C and B2, carotenoid and zinc serum levels in elderly hospital patients
Full Text Available Foram verificados os níveis séricos de zinco, carotenóides e vitaminas A, E, C, B2 em todos os idosos (n = 202 internados nas diversas enfermarias do hospital estudado, no período de fevereiro de 1986 a outubro de 1988. Foram estudados 130 homens e 72 mulheres que apresentaram média de idade de 67,8 anos, com variação entre 60 a 88. A percentagem de níveis séricos deficitários foi de 59,5 para o zinco, 56,5% para a vitamina C, 34,5% para a vitamina B2, 26% para a vitamina E, 13,2% para a vitamina A e 6,8% para os carotenóides. Os idosos portadores de leucoses, magaesôfogo, doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica e insuficiência cardíaca congestiva constituíram-se no grupo de pacientes com grande prevalência de estado deficitário de zinco e das vitaminas estudadas, resultados que mostram a importância de se investigar as deficiências desses micronutrientes e dão subsídios para a abordagem terapêutica mais racional do paciente idoso internado.Serum levels of carotenoids, zinc and vitamins A, E, C and B2 were measured in al (n = 202 the elderly patients hospitalized in different wards of the hospital studied from February 1986 to October 1988. The study was conducted on 130 men and 72 women with a mean age of 67.8 years (range: 60 to 88 years. The percentage of nutritional deficiency was 59.5% for zinc, 56.5% for vitamin C, 34.5% for vitamin B2, 25.9% for vitamin E, 13.2% for vitamin A, and 6.8% for carotenoids. Elderly patients with leucoses, megaesophagus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and congestive heart failure represent a group with a high prevalence of deficiency both of zinc and of the vitamins under study. These results show the importance of detecting deficiencies of these micronutrients and provide a basis for a more rational approach to the treatment of elderly patients.
Boyce, H Worth; Bakheet, Michael R
Saliva is produced by the major salivary glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublingual), as well as several smaller glands. Salivary flow can be altered by multiple entities. There is much written regarding xerostomia ("dry mouth"), the condition related to inhibited or decreased salivary flow. This condition is widely recognized in certain systemic diseases, particularly Sjögren syndrome, diabetes mellitus, after anticholinergic, antihistamine, and decongestant medications, as well as states of enhanced sympathetic drive, such as anxiety or emotional disturbances and various other psychosocial conditions. On the other hand, sialorrhea or ptyalism, the condition of increased salivary flow, is rarely discussed in the clinical literature. Sialorrhea can occur with various neurologic disorders, infections, the secretory phase of the menstrual cycle, heavy metal poisoning, Wilson disease, Angelman syndrome, as well as a relatively unknown condition called idiopathic paroxysmal sialorrhea. Normal salivation may be altered by drugs (such as clozapine, risperidone, nitrazepam, lithium, and bethanecol) that have a cholinergic effect that induces sialorrhea. This report focuses on sialorrhea as it relates to disorders of the oropharynx and esophagus. The patient typically recognizes a problem with excessive "foamy mucus" but does not understand its origin. Infections and obstruction are the most common oropharyngeal causes. Increased salivary flow occurs as a typically subtle manifestation of gastroesophageal reflux disease. This occurrence is referred to as water brash. Idiopathic achalasia and megaesophagus due to the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi are regularly associated with sialorrhea. Esophageal obstruction (foreign body, cancer, or stricture formation), infection, and nasogastric intubation are the more common conditions associated with the symptomatic sequelae of sialorrhea. Sialorrhea-related respiratory and pulmonary complications are greatest in those with a
Tabagismo não limita o incremento da força muscular respiratória em pacientes submetidos ao treinamento muscular inspiratório pré-esofagectomia Smoking doesn't limit the increase in respiratory muscle strength in patients undergoing pre-inspiratory muscle training esophagectomy
Marisa de Carvalho Ramos
Full Text Available Um programa de treinamento muscular respiratório (TMR para pacientes tabagistas no pré-operatório ambulatorial pode melhorar a força muscular e a capacidade funcional respiratória, evitando complicações que aumentem a permanência do paciente no hospital. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a eficácia do treinamento muscular inspiratório (TMI em pacientes tabagistas e não tabagistas que seriam submetidos à cirurgia do megaesôfago. Foram estudados 17 pessoas, divididas em dois grupos: o tabagista (GT, composto por 10 pacientes (58,82%, e o não tabagista (GNT, com 7 pacientes (41,18%. A análise dos dados relacionando os dois foi expressa da seguinte forma: os valores de idade e as medidas antropométricas foram comparadas pelo teste t de Student e os valores da pressão inspiratória máxima (PImáx e da pressão expiratória máxima (PEmáx pelo teste t de Student pareado. Os dados foram expressos em média±desvio-padrão quando verificada a normalidade. Consideraram-se diferenças estatisticamente significativas se pA program of muscular respiratory training to smoker patients in pre-operatory ambulatory can improve the muscle strength and the functional respiratory capacity, avoiding complications which increase the hospitalization period of the patient. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effectiveness of the inspiratory muscle training in smoker and non-smoker patients who would be submitted to a megaesophagus surgery. Seventeen patients were studied, divided into two groups: smoker (GT, composed of 10 patients (58.82%, and the non-smoker (GNT, with 7 patients (41.18%. Data analysis comparing the two groups was expressed as follows: the values of age and anthropometric measurements were compared by Student's t-test and the values of Maximal Inspiratory Pressure (MIP and Maximal Expiratory Pressure (MEP were compared by the paired Student's t-test. Data were expressed as mean±standard deviation when checked to normal
A. J. A. Barbosa
Full Text Available Patients with the digestive form of Chagas'disease frequently present chronic gastritis. As the microorganism Helicobacter pylori is now accepted as the most common cause of human chronic gastritis, the present work was undertaken to verify a possible relationship between the presence of this bacterium and inflammatory changes of antral mucosa in chagasic patients. Seventeen chagasics, with megaesophagus and or megacolon were studied. Fragments from two different regions of antral mucosa were obtained by endoscopy, fixed in 4% neutral formaldehyde and embedded in paraffin. The sections were stained by haematoxylin and eosin for histology analysis, and by carbolfuchsin for H. pylori identification. H. pylori was found in 16 (94.1% chagasic patients, all of them presenting chronic gastritis. Superficial gastritis was seen in 9 (52.9% while atrophic gastritis was present in 8 (47.1% patients. H. pylori was present on gastric mucosa of 8 (100% patients with atrophic gastritis and of 8 (88.8% patients with superficial gastritis. We concluded that the microorganism H. pylori should be considered a possible factor connected with the etiopathogenesis of chronic superficial and atrophic gastritis frequently observed in patients with the digestive form of Chagas' disease.Pacientes com a forma digestiva da doença de Chagas frequentemente apresentam gastrite crônica. Tendo em vista que o microrganismo Helicobacter pylori é hoje considerado a causa mais comum de gastrite crônica no homem, propôs-se a realização deste trabalho para se verificar a possibilidade de esta bactéria estar também associada com as alterações inflamatórias da mucosa gástrica em pacientes com a forma digestiva da doença de Chagas. Fragmentos de duas regiões diferentes da mucosa antral foram obtidos endoscopicamente de 17 pacientes chagásicos com megaesôfago e ou megacolon. Os fragmentos foram processados rotineiramente para inclusão em parafina e cortes de 5 |im de
Maria Lúcia Teixeira
Full Text Available The megaesophagus and megacolon endemic in South America are related , to Chagas' disease. These mega conditions are found in patients with chronic Chagas's infection, when the parasite is not demonstrable in the lesions. These are characterized by depopulation of parasympathetic ganglion cells, dilation and hypertrophy of the viscera. In the experiments described here we deminstrate a selective affinity and adherence of Trypanosoma cruzi-immune lymphocytes to myenteric, parasympathetic ganglion cells, leading to neuronolysis. None of these features are observed when non-immune lymphocytes from control rabbits are used, or when the immune lymphocytes are allowed to react with CNS neurons. This demonstration is an indication of the high degree of specificity of the destruction of parasympathetic neurons in Chagas' disease. We postulate that the T. cruzi-immune lymphocyte rejection of parasympathetic neurons, but not of CNS neurons, might be related to recognition of a cross-reacting antigenic determinant secreted only by the target neurons. In favor of this interpretation is the observation of lymphocytic infiltrates and parasympathetic ganglion cell destruction in chronic Chagas' infection in the absence of encephalitis.O megaesôfago e o megacolon endêmicos na América do Sul estão relacionados á doença de Chagas. Estas condições clínicas são encontradas em pacientes com infecção chagásica crônica, quando o parasito não é demonstrado nas lesões caracterizadas por povoamento de células neuronais parassimpáticas. Nos experimentos descritos aqui nós demonstramos uma afinidade seletiva de linfócitos imunes, sensibilizados pelo T. cruzi, para neurônios de gânglios mioentéricos. Os linfócitos imunes citotóxicos aderem nas células ganglionares, produzindo neuronólise. Isto não se observa quando linfócitos não-imunes são usados, ou quando os linfócitos imunes são colocados na presença de neurônios do sistema nervoso
Neto, José Garcia; de Cleva, Roberto; Zilberstein, Bruno; Gama-Rodrigues, Joaquim José
AIM: To analyze the risk of cardiovascular complications in patients with indication for surgical treatment of Chagasic esophageal achalasia and to correlate the surgical risks with the degree of esophageal dilation, thereby proposing a risk scale index. METHODS: One hundred and twenty-four patients with Chagasic esophageal achalasia, who received surgical treatment at the Hospital das Clinicas of the Federal University of Goiás, were included in this study. The patients were mostly related to the postoperative complications due to the cardiovascular system. All the patients were submitted to: (1) clinical history to define the cardiac functional class (New York Heart Association); (2) conventional 12-lead electrocardiogram at rest; and (3) contrast imaging of the esophagus to determine esophageal dilatation according to Rezende’s classification of Chagasic megaesophagus. RESULTS: An assessment of the functional classification (FC) of heart failure during the preoperative period determined that 67 patients (54.03%) were assigned functional class I (FC I), 46 patients (37.09%) were assigned functional class II (FC II), and 11 patients (8.87%) were assigned functional class III (FC III). None of the patients were assigned to functional class IV (FC IV). There was a positive correlation between the functional class and the postoperative complications (FC I×FC II:P < 0.001; FC I×FC III: P < 0.001). The ECG was normal in 44 patients (35.48%) and presented abnormalities in 80 patients (64.52%). There was a significant statistical correlation between abnormal ECG (arrhythmias and primary change in ventricular repolarization) and postoperative complications (P < 0.001). With regard to the classification of the Chagasic esophageal achalasia, the following distribution was observed: group II, 53 patients (42.74%); group III, 37 patients (29.83%); and group IV, 34 patients (27.41%). There was a positive correlation between the degree of esophageal dilation and the
Carla Manfredi dos Santos
Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar clinicamente a deglutição orofaríngea de pacientes portadores da doença de Chagas com disfagia e comparar os achados da anamnese entre os doentes chagásicos de acordo com o grau do megaesôfago. MÉTODOS: Utilizando protocolo de avaliação, estudamos a deglutição de 21 pacientes com doença de Chagas e comprometimento do esôfago diagnosticado por sorologia e exame radiológico do esôfago, e de 18 sujeitos sadios assintomáticos pareados por idade e gênero. Nos dois grupos foi realizada anamnese contendo questões relacionadas à queixa de disfagia. Após este procedimento, foi realizada avaliação clínica da deglutição, sem introdução de dieta via oral e com dieta via oral nas consistências líquida e pastosa, abrangendo aspectos estruturais e funcionais. Os resultados foram analisados estatisticamente. Este é um estudo experimental e transversal. RESULTADOS: Maior proporção de pacientes chagásicos apresentou deglutições múltiplas e elevação laríngea reduzida na deglutição das consistências líquida e pastosa, em relação aos sujeitos sadios. Os pacientes com aumento do diâmetro do esôfago referiram mais frequentemente queixa de perda de peso quando comparados aos pacientes sem aumento do diâmetro do esôfago. CONCLUSÃO: Os pacientes chagásicos podem apresentar alterações na deglutição orofaringeana e pacientes com maior comprometimento do esôfago apresentam maior perda de peso do que os pacientes com menor comprometimento.PURPOSE: To clinically evaluate oropharyngeal swallowing in dysphagic patients with Chagas disease, and to compare anamnesis data among chagasic subjects according to the degree of megaesophagus. METHODS: An evaluation protocol was used to assess the swallowing of 21 patients with Chagas disease and involvement of the esophagus, diagnosed through serology and radiologic evaluation of the esophagus, and 18 asymptomatic healthy subjects paired by age and gender. Both
-pulmonary surgeries. Therefore, surgery is suitable if there is no spontaneous resolution. AIM: To analyze the lymphatic fistula as a complication of esophagectomy regarding malignant and benign diseases. METHODS: Seven patients with an average age of 42 years, being five males, presented postoperative chylotorax after esophagectomies accomplished for the epidermoid carcinoma (five cases and advanced chagasic megaesophagus (two cases. Total parenteral nutrition was indicated in all cases. RESULTS: The average drainage was of 2700 mL/day, and pleurodesis was the first procedure made, with minimal satisfactory results. Surgery was indicated with the persistence of the fistula. Three patients were submitted to right videothoracoscopy and one of these was reoperated by right thoracotomy. Another case had the need of immediate conversion to right thoracotomy. And in the last case, the thoracic duct was identified and joined by means of videothoracoscopy. The rest of the cases were submitted to right thoracotomy. Post-operative evolution was favorable for six of the operated patients, who received hospital discharge after an average period of 36 hospitalization days. One patient who had carcinoma passed away (15% due to hepatic cirrhosis complications. CONCLUSION: Post-esophagectomy lymphatic fistulas are dangerous complications, which determines the significant nutritional deficit of the patients and demands frequent surgical treatment for the joining of ducts, being videothoracoscopy one of the first choice procedures.
José Borges Pereira
, composed of pairs of non chagasic persons with the same age and sex, was shown to be 27.4% higher than among patients with positive serology. This factor represents the excess risk or exclusively chagasic component in the development of the disease. No differences were observed by sex related to the development of the disease. It was more premature and seven times more frequent however when related to the cardiopathy than to the megaesophagus. Both conditions occurring mainly in slight or moderate degree. In 192 chagasic patients and 188 non chagasic persons observed in that area in the same period, the mortality was 3.6 times higher among the chagasic patients with a letality due to cardiopathy of 8.9% without difference between sexes but more premature among the males. Sudden death was more frequent than that one caused by cardiac insufficiency. The prognostic was good for the patients with indeterminate and digestive forms and reserved for patients with the highest degree of cardiopathy.
Rogério Luiz Kopp
Full Text Available The present work had as objective to verify the genetic diversity among strains of Trypanosoma cruzi isolated in chronic chagasic patients in the Paraná state. Fifty patients with compatible clinical symptoms were selected (cardiopathy, megacolon and/or megaesophagus and that presented positive serological reaction to T. cruzi. Six strains of the protozoan were isolated in hemoculture and identified by electrophoresis in starch thick gel with aid of 14 isoenzymes (6PGD; G6PD; ME¹; ME²; ICD; PGM; GPI; GOT¹; GOT²; NP¹; NP²; DIA; MPI and FH. The statistical analysis were accomplished by the softwares NTSYs and UPGMA. Eighty-four electromorphs were individualized and four isoenzymes (ICD, GPI, 6PGD, e PGM showed compatibility for heterozygosis. The phenetic analysis evidenced the hypothesis of constant evolution (genetic distances = 0.0536 to 0.1429, Hardy-Weinberg = 1.0000 to 0.0769 and differentiation for exact tests = 1.0000 to 0.0658. A great intra-specific genetic diversity in T. cruzi was verified in the isolates obtained in humans and it indicates that the clonet II is associated to the domestic cycle of transmission.O presente trabalho teve como objetivo verificar a diversidade genética entre cepas de Trypanosoma cruzi circulantes em pacientes chagásicos crônicos no estado do Paraná. Foram selecionados 50 pacientes com clínica compatível (cardiopatia, megacolo e/ou megaesôfago e que apresentaram reação sorológica positiva para T. cruzi. Foram isoladas seis cepas do protozoário em hemocultura e identificadas por eletroforese em gel espesso de amido com auxílio de 14 isoenzimas (6PGD; G6PD; ME¹; ME²; ICD; PGM; GPI; GOT¹; GOT²; NP¹; NP²; DIA; MPI e FH. A análise estatística foi realizada pelos programas NTSYs e TFPGA. Oitenta e quatro eletromorfos foram individualizados sendo que quatro isoenzimas (ICD, GPI, 6PGD, e PGM apresentaram compatibilidade para heterozigose. A análise fenética evidenciou a hipótese de uma
Alexandre Cruz Henriques
Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the incidence of fistula and stenosis of the cervical esophagogastric anastomosis with invagination of the proximal esophageal stump into the stomach after subtotal esophagectomy. METHODS: We studied 54 patients who underwent subtotal esophagectomy, 45 (83.3% patients with carcinoma and nine (16.6% with advanced megaesophagus. In all cases the cervical esophagogastric anastomosis was performed with the invagination of the proximal esophageal stump inside the stomach. RESULTS: Three (5.5% patients had a fistula at the esophagogastric anastomosis, two of whom with minimal leakage of air or saliva and with mild clinical repercussion; the third had a low output fistula that drained into the pleural space, and this patient developed empyema that showed good progress with drainage. Fibrotic stenosis of anastomosis occurred in thirteen (24% subjects and was treated successfully with endoscopic dilatation. CONCLUSION: Cervical esophagogastric anastomosis with invagination of the proximal esophageal stump into the stomach tube presented a low rate of esophagogastric fistula and stenosis, thus becoming an attractive option for the reconstruction of alimentary transit after subtotal esophagectomy.OBJETIVO: Avaliar a incidência de fístula e estenose da anastomose esofagogástrica cervical com invaginação do coto esofágico proximal no interior do estômago após esofagectomia subtotal. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 54 pacientes submetidos à esofagectomia subtotal, 45 (83,3% com carcinoma e nove (16,6% com megaesôfago chagásico avançado. Em todos os casos, a anastomose esofagogástrica cervical foi realizada com invaginação do coto esofágico proximal no interior do estômago. RESULTADOS: Três (5,5% pacientes apresentaram fístula, dois deles com saída mínima de ar e saliva pela incisão cervical que evoluíram com rápida cicatrização; o terceiro apresentou fístula de pequeno débito que drenou para o espaço pleural
Flávio R. Alves
phenotypic characteristics to Human Muscular Dystrophy and are considered a proper animal model for DMD studies. Latero-lateral and dorso-ventral thoracic radiographies were obtained from 10 Golden Retriever dogs affected by muscular dystrophy, to investigate possible radiographic alterations. Thorax radiographic examination revealed (a interstitial and alveolar pattern, (b initial phases of pneumonia and pulmonary edema, (c cardiomegaly as a principal alteration in the thoracic cavity, (d megaesophagus displacing the trachea and heart silhouette, and (e cranial protrusion of the diaphragm lining into the thorax with development of a hiatus hernia displacing the stomach to the caudal mediastinum. Postmortem examination showed pleural effusion, pulmonary emphysema, degenerative and metaplasic processes in the diaphragm and intercostal muscles. Radiographic examination was considered essential for the diagnosis of cardiac and respiratory disease in Golden Retriever dogs affected by muscular dystrophy, and to identify the primary pulmonary process and to provide the establishment of suitable therapeutic treatment, with a reserved prognosis in advanced stage of the disease.
A retrospective study of histopathological findings in 894 cases of megacolon: what is the relationship between megacolon and colonic cancer? Um estudo retrospectivo dos achados histopatológicos em 894 casos de megacólon: qual é a relação entre megacólon e o câncer de cólon?
Sérgio Britto Garcia
Full Text Available Patients with megaesophagus (ME have increased prevalence of cancer of the esophagus. In contrast, a higher incidence of colorectal cancer is not observed in patients with megacolon (MC. MC is very common in some regions of Brazil, where it is mainly associated with Chagas disease. We reviewed the pathology records of surgical specimens of all patients submitted for surgical resection of MC in the Hospital das Clínicas of the Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (HC-FMRP, from the University of São Paulo. We found that 894 patients were operated from 1952 until 2001 for MC resection. Mucosal ulcers, hyperplasia and chronic inflammation were frequently found, while polyps were uncommon. No patients with MC presented any type of colonic neoplasm. This observation reinforces the hypothesis that MC has a negative association with cancer of the colon. This seems to contradict the traditional concept of carcinogenesis in the colon, since patients with MC presents important chronic constipation that is thought to cause an increase in risk for colon cancer. MC is also associated with other risk factors for cancer of colon, such as hyperplasia, mucosal ulcers and chronic inflammation. In ME these factors lead to a remarkable increase in cancer risk. The study of mucosal cell proliferation in MC may provide new insights and useful information about the role of constipation in colonic carcinogenesis.Pacientes com megaesôfago (ME possuem incidência aumentada de câncer de esôfago. Em contraste, há poucos relatos na literatura de associação entre megacólon (MC e câncer de cólon. O MC é muito comum em algumas regiões do Brasil, e na maioria das vezes, está associado à Doença de Chagas. Nós reavaliamos os arquivos de patologia de peças cirúrgicas de todos os pacientes submetidos à ressecção de MC no Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (HC-FMRP, da Universidade de São Paulo. Encontramos o número de 894
Histological, biochemical and pharmacologycal characterization of the gastric muscular layer in Chagas disease Caracterização histológica, bioquímica e farmacológica da musculatura gástrica na doença de Chagas
Full Text Available PURPOSE: To assess in vitro the correlation between the number of neurons and the sensitivity to cholinergic drugs and acetylcholinesterase activity in chagasic patients. METHODS: A 3x1 cm strip of the muscle layer of the anterior part of the stomach, always close to the angular incisure, was removed from 10 chronic chagasic patients (6 men submitted to megaesophagus or megacolon surgery and from 10 non-chagasic patients (4 men submitted to other types of surgery (control group, aged on average 52.3 and 50.1 years, respectively, for histological and pharmacological studies. The action of cholinergic drugs was investigated in isolated preparations according to the superfusion method of Ferreira and Costa, and acetylcholinesterase activity was determined by the method of Ellman. For neuron count, the strips were cut into 8 µm sections according to the method standardized by Alcântara. RESULTS: There was a difference in number of neurons between the chagasic (5,6 and control (7,3 groups. Acetylcholinesterase activity, in moles of hydrolyzed substrate per minute per gram tissue, was reduced in chagasic patients (4,32 compared to the controls (7,30. No hypersensitivity of the gastric musculature to cholinergic drugs was detected, with a reduced maximum response to carbachol and betanechol in the chagasic group. CONCLUSIONS: The reduction of neurons in the myenteric plexus of the stomach of chronic chagasic patients can be demonstrated even in the absence of clinical chagasic gastropathy. The hypersensitivity of the gastric musculature to cholinergic drugs probably depends on intense denervation. The reduced acetylcholinesterase activity demonstrates the involvement of the cholinergic innervation in the stomach of chronic chagasic patients. There was no correlation between number of neurons, sensitivity to cholinergic drugs and acetylcholinesterase activity in the gastric musculature of chagasic and non-chagasic patients.OBJETIVO: Avaliar in vitro a
Morbidade da doença de Chagas: I - Estudo de casos procedentes de vários estados do Brasil, observados no Rio de Janeiro Morbidity of Chagas' disease: I - Study of cases originating from various states of Brazil, observed in Rio de Janeiro
J. Rodrigues Coura
Estados não permitiu qualquer inferência de proporção entre as formas...A study of morbidity was made among 510 patients with positive serology for Chagas' disease, originating from various states in Brazil. The study began in 1960 when the patients were submitted, in Rio de Janeiro, to clinical, electrocardiographic and radiological examinations as well as to serological, xenodiagnostic and other serial laboratory tests. The patients were classified according to their clinical state as: asymptomatic (indeterminate form, cardiac, and carriers of "megas" or associated clinical forms. The prevalence of cardiopathy was 52.1% and of "megas" was 14,3%. An association of cardiopathy and "megas" was observed in 10.7% of the patients whereas the association of megacolon and megaesophagus appeard in 10.9% of the cases. The indeterminate form (asymptomatic was observed in 39% of the patients. The proportion of cardiopathic cases increased progressively between the first and the fifth decade of life, whereas the proportion of "megas" increased until the 7th decade. However, the highest number of cases in both forms appeard during the 4th decade of life. No significant differences were observed among the clinical forms by sex, in spite of a discrete predominance of cardiopathy in the male and of "megas" in the female. In relation to the patient's race (whites, blacks and of mixed race, it was not possible to observe a significant correlation with the different clinical forms since constitution of the cohort's origin was unknown. Even if the smal number of cases cannot be considered as representative of the clinical form prevalent in the area of origin, using te data of the four states with the larger number of cases, we observed that the proportion of cardiopathy/"megas" was respectively 65.7% and 20.1% in Bahia, 55.7% and 14.7% in Minas Gerais, 50.9% and 15% in Pernambuco and 23,.% and 0% in Paraíba. The small number of cases from the other states didi not permit any estimation
muscular system (arthrogryposis, three (6.25% the cardiovascular system (patent ductus arteriosus and unclassified malformation, one (2.08% the lymphatic system (hereditary lymphatic hypoplasia, one (2.08% the alimentary system (atresia ani, and one (2.08% the eye (congenital blindness. In five cases (10.41% different systems were affected (diprosopus. Different hereditary diseases (hereditary hypermetry, arthrogryposis, and lymphatic hypoplasia or diseases suspected of being hereditary (chondrodysplasia were diagnosed in cattle. Also occurred, with less frequency, congenital defects associated with environmental factors (hypomyelinogenesis due to cooper deficiency or probably environmental factors (cleft palate, cerebellar hypoplasia, and cerebellar cortical degeneration. In sheep all observed defects were sporadic and affected various systems (anomalous twins and aprosopia. In buffalo all congenital defects were hereditary (arthrogryposis, myotonia and mechano-bullous genodermatoses or suspected of being hereditary (albinism, megaesophagus and hydranencephaly/cerebellar hypoplasia. It is concluded that sporadic congenital defects are not important in the three species studied. Despite the low frequency congenital defects associated with environmental factors could be important in some regions or farms. Hereditary or probably hereditary diseases are important, not only by the mortality rates, but also because the risk of dissemination of the genes in the different breeds. In water buffalo the high prevalence of hereditary diseases was a consequence of the high consanguinity of the Brazilian buffalo population. Control measures need to be taken to avoid the spread of recessive genes in cattle and buffalo.