Diagnosis and Treatment of Esophageal Motility Disorders (State of the Art Lecture)

Dr. David Levinthal gives a presentation on the motility of functional gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Levinthal covers topics such as pathophysiology and treatments.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Improve the management of patients presenting with dysphagia by choosing the appropriate modality of testing
  • Identify the key clinical features of achalasia and its manometric features
  • Review the current best practices for management in order to improve clinical outcomes for these patients

Reading Resources:

  1. Kahrilas PJ, Bredenoord AJ, Fox M, Gyawali CP, Roman S, Smout AJ, et al. The Chicago Classification of esophageal motility disorders, v3.0. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2015 Feb;27{2):160-74.
  2.  Arora Z, Thota PN, Sanaka MR. Achalasia: current therapeutic options. Ther Adv Chronic Dis. 2017 Jun;8(6-7):101-108.
  3. Roman S, Kahrilas PJ. Distal esophageal spasm. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2015 Jul;31{4):328-33.


Dr. Levinthal has has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research support from NIH, and a consultant for InControl Medical, LLC and Takeda Pharmaceuticals

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at http://ccehs.upmc.edu and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 11/7/2018 | Last Modified On: 11/14/2019 | Expires: 11/13/2020


November 7, 2018


November 13, 2020

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