Gastroesophageal reflux disease: integrating the barium esophagram before and after antireflux surgery.

Cleveland Clinic Center for Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.
Radiology (Impact Factor: 6.34). 06/2007; 243(2):329-39. DOI: 10.1148/radiol.2432050057
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common medical problem in the United States. As a result, laparoscopic antireflux surgery is a common surgical procedure. At the authors' institution, the barium esophagram before and after antireflux surgery is a critical examination in patients with GERD. This article summarizes the authors' examination protocol and describes how the findings are integrated in the care of these patients.