Endoscopy Learning Library
Pietro Familiari, Giovanni Gigante, Ivo Boskoski, Guido Costamagna
1Unità Operativa di Endoscopia Digestiva Chirurgica, Policlinico Universitario “Agostino Gemelli”, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Roma
Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) is a new endoscopic technique for the treatment of achalasia. POEM is performed with a flexible endoscope and consists in a myotomy, similar to the surgical one, but less traumatic for patients. in series with adults, POEM was associated with excellent efficacy and safety. Should preliminary results be confirmed at long term, POEM could become the first line therapy of achalasia.