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Asbjørn Mohr Drewes

Esophageal distension parameters as potential biomarkers of impaired gastrointestinal function in diabetes patients

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Background  Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, postprandial fullness, and abdominal pain, are frequent in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). The pathogenesis is complex and multi-factorial. To determine easy accessible and valid biomarkers for disordered GI function in DM patients, we aimed to study esophageal mechanical parameters and their relation to symptoms typically arising from the digestive tract. Methods  Seventeen patients with longstanding DM and GI symptoms and 13 healthy controls were studied using ultrasound monitored esophageal distension. The sensory response was recorded and their symptoms registered. Biomechanical parameters, such as compliance and stiffness were computed from luminal diameters during distension based on the ultrasound images and from pressure data. Biomechanical and sensory parameters were correlated with the clinical data. Key Results  Diabetes patients had reduced esophageal sensitivity compared with controls (P = 0.046). The esophageal compliance was reduced (P = 0.004) and the esophageal stiffness was increased (P = 0.004) in the diabetes patients. Among patients, both postprandial fullness/early satiety and bloating correlated negatively to the esophageal compliance parameters (all P 
TidsskriftNeurogastroenterology and Motility Online
Sider (fra-til)1016-e544
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2012

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