Benign Esophageal Disease in the Elderly

  • Seth A. Spector
  • Neal E. Seymour


Pathologic conditions of the esophagus that affect the elderly, exclusive of carcinoma, are similar to diseases that occur in the younger population, although the incidence of selected disorders may be either greater or smaller in older patients. Special consideration must be given to elderly patients’ limited tolerance of symptoms and to the physiologic impact of treatments and treatment complications in this vulnerable population. Advances in minimally invasive surgery have made the surgical treatment of some esophageal diseases less traumatic than had previously been the case. Despite these and other improvements in therapy, benign esophageal disorders continue to present great challenges to practitioners treating the geriatric population.


Hiatal Hernia Lower Esophageal Sphincter Lower Esophageal Sphincter Pressure Heller Myotomy Paraesophageal Hernia 
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