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ASGE Endoscopy Live: Management of Achalasia (On-Demand) | April 2023
Release Date: May 2023
Viewing Time:
Approximately 5 hours
This course contains recordings from the live event held on April 20, 2023.

The program address endoscopic techniques used to manage achalasia, an incurable disease that occurs equally among men and women. It is characterized by insufficient relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter and difficulty in swallowing and is often misdiagnosed as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Achalasia should be suspected in those with dysphagia to solids and liquids, and in those with regurgitation unresponsive to an adequate trial of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy. These patients commonly present with symptoms that may contribute to misdiagnosis including substernal chest pain during meals, unintended weight loss and heartburn.

The course provides recordings of a variety of case and interventional scenarios that were presented live from leading institutions in both the U.S. and Internationally. Moderated by leading authorities, these recordings demonstrate how to incorporate these techniques into hospital and other practice settings.

Recordings released:
May 2023
Viewing Time: Approximately 5 hours
Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe clinical success as defined by Eckardt score <3.
  2. Identify the rate and severity of common adverse events.
  3. Summarize recurrence rates during long-term follow-up, inclusive of GERD with pH studies, rate of erosive esophagitis, and proton pump inhibitor use.
Session 1
Moderators: Joan Chen, John Clarke, Abdul Aziz Aadam, Chris Thompson

Live case # 1: HREM and EndoFlip (John Pandolfino, Northwestern)

Live case # 2: POEM (Mouen Khashab, Johns Hopkins)

Live case # 3: Pneumatic Dilation (Michael Vaezi, Vanderbilt)

Session 2

Moderators: Joan Chen, Michael Vaezi, Roberta Maselli, Mouen Khashab

Live case # 4: POEM (Chris Thompson, Brigham and Women’s hospital)

Live case # 5: Anti-reflux POEM (Stavros Stavropoulos, John D Archbold Memorial Hospital)

Lecture: Challenging Achalasia Cases (John Pandolfino, Northwestern)

Video case: Peroral Endoscopic Crurotomy (Stavros Stavropoulos, John D Archbold Memorial Hospital)

Recorded Question and Answer Sesssions
Course Directors and Faculty
Course Directors

Mouen A. Khashab, MD, MASGE
Professor of Medicine and Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Venkata Sandeep Akshintala, M.B.B.S.
Program Director, Medical Pancreatology Fellowship,
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD, USA

John Pandolfino, MD
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Chicago, Illinois



Abdul Aziz Aadam, MD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL


Joan Chen, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI


John O. Clarke, MD, FASGE
Stanford Medicine
Redwood City, CA


Roberta Maselli, MD
Humanitas Research Hospital
Milan, Italy


Stavros Stavropoulos, MD
Archbold Gastroenterology Group
Thomasville, GA


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Christopher Thompson, MD, MHES, MSc, FASGE
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA


Michael Vaezi, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN


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Windows Requirements:
Operating system: Windows 10+ 
Browser:  Chrome v90.0+, Firefox v84.0+, Edge v90.0+
Internet connection: DSL, cable modem, or other high-speed connection 
Flash: Adobe® Flash® Player 12+ 

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Contact Information
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Availability: On-Demand
Cost: Member: $0.00
Non-Member: $50.00
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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