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Poster 1931 Peppermint Oil Relieves Dysphagia and Non-cardiac Chest Pain Secondary to Esophageal Motility Disorders (EMDs)
Author Insight from Mohamed Khalaf, MD, Medical University of South Carolina
What’s new here and important for clinicians?
- Peppermint oil was effective in 64% of the patients presenting with non-obstructive dysphagia and non-cardiac chest pain.
- Presence of manometric disorder was a good predictor of response particularly in spastic disorders (distal esophageal spasm and esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction) vs. hypomotility disorders.
- There was no response in symptomatic patients having normal motility studies.
What do patients need to know?
- Peppermint oil did provide symptomatic relief in patients with non-obstructive dysphagia and non-cardiac chest pain.
- Doing an esophageal motility study before administration is important, because the presence of a spastic disorder may predict a good response to peppermint.
Mohamed Khalaf, MD, Medical University of South Carolina
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