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Esophageal Pain

Ravinder K. Mittal
192 pages, Color Illustrations (2 Color), Hardcover, 7 x 10"
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During the last quarter century, there has been an explosion of knowledge in the areas of visceral and esophageal pain. The effectiveness of acid inhibition drugs (proton pump inhibitors), still the mainstay of treatment, is increasingly questioned as significant numbers of patients show little benefit from such therapy. Newer mechanisms of esophageal pain have been uncovered during last twenty years and it is quite clear that novel approaches are emerging in the treatment of pain.

Comprising contributions for leading expert authors, this is the first in-depth coverage of all aspects of esophageal pain. In great detail, chapters cover the scope of the problem; basic science – with regards to the nature of neural pathways, receptors involved in sensing pain and the role of central nervous system in sensing the pain; different stimuli responsible for the genesis of esophageal pain, including the role of acid, muscle spasm and reflux; hypersensitivity of pain receptors, spinal nerves and central nervous system; current state of the art in diagnosis and treatment strategies; and, lastly, newer pharmacological treatments currently in research and trial stages.

  • Introduction
  • 1. Heartburn and Esophageal Pain – Scope Of the Problem
    John Dent
  • 2. Functional Heartburn: What Is It?
    Ronnie Fass

The Basics of Pain

  • 3. Nature of Esophageal Pain Receptors
    Amanda J. Page and Ashley Blackshaw
  • 4. Vagal and Spinal Distension Sensitive Primary Afferents of the Esophagus: Implications for Visceral Nociceptors
    Raj K. Goyal

Stimuli of Esophageal Pain

  • 5. The Esophageal Mucosa and Heartburn
    Roy C. Orlando
  • 6. Neutral Reflux (weakly acid) in Typical and Atypical GERD Symptoms
    Daniel Sifrim
  • 7. Longitudinal Muscle Contraction, TLESR, Reflux & Pain
    Ravinder Mittal
  • 8. Biomechanics of Sensation
    Hans Gregersen and Asbjørn Mohr Drewes

Peripheral and Central Mechanisms of Sensitivity and Hypersensitivity

  • 9. Molecular Pathways and their Sensitization
    Pankaj Jay Pasricha
  • 10. Cortical Processing of Esophageal Pain
    Adeyemi Lawal and Reza Shaker
  • 11. Esophageal Hypersensitivity; is it peripheral or central?
    A. Sharma and Qasim Aziz

Diagnosis and Management of Esophageal Pain

  • 12. Diagnostic Strategy for Esophageal Pain
    Peter J. Kahrilas
  • 13. How to Treat Esophageal Chest Pain
    Satish S.C. Rao
  • 14. New drugs on the Horizon for the Treatment of Esophageal Pain
    Anders Lehmann

About The Author

Ravinder K. Mittal

Professor of medicine at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California.