J Neurogastroenterol Motil 2016; 22(2): 344-345  https://doi.org/10.5056/jnm16041
Esophagogastric Junction Outflow Obstruction Transformed to Type II Achalasia
In Seub Shin, Yang Won Min, and Poong-Lyul Rhee*
Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Poong-Lyul Rhee, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 81 Irwon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06351, Korea, Tel: +82-2-3410-3409, Fax: +82-2-3410-6983, E-mail: plrhee@skku.edu
Received: March 8, 2016; Accepted: March 12, 2016; Published online: April 30, 2016.
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A 53-year-old woman presented with dysphagia for 2 months. She denied any acid regurgitation or heartburn symptoms. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed no abnormal findings. However, bird-beak appearance of the distal esophagus was noticed on the esophagography. For evaluation of esophageal motility disorders, she underwent esophageal high resolution manometry (HRM). On the HRM, the integrated relaxation pressure was elevated and accompanied by compartmentalized esophageal pressurization, while esophageal body peristalsis, distal contractile integral, and distal latency were normal (Figure A). According to the Chicago classification (CC),1 she was diagnosed with esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction (EGJOO).1 The patient’s dysphagia was tolerable without specific treatment. However, the dysphagia became aggravated 1 year later. She underwent esophagography and HRM again. On the HRM, panesophageal pressurization with failed lower esophageal sphincter relaxation was noticed (Figure B). According to the CC she was diagnosed as type 2 achalasia. After pneumatic balloon dilatation, her symptoms improved (Eckardt score, 1).

The CC defines EGJOO as the presence of some instances of intact or weak peristalsis, elevated median integrated relaxation pressure above 15 mmHg, and discrepancy to the criteria of achalasia.1 The revised CC addresses the potential etiology of EGJOO including early form of achalasia, mechanical obstruction, esophageal wall stiffness, or manifestation of hiatal hernia.2 Due to the loose current definition of EGJOO, heterogeneous groups are included in this category. Indeed, EGJOO is presented with various symptoms. In recent studies, patients with EGJOO presented with dysphagia in 36%, heartburn/regurgitation in 25%, atypical symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease in 21%, and chest pain in 11%.2,3 In addition, various clinical courses of EGJOO ranging from spontaneous symptom resolution to requirement of myotomy were observed.24 EGJOO is just a manometric diagnosis. Thus, we need to investigate the underlying etiology further to manage the patients with EGJOO appropriately. Herein we present a EGJOO patient who transformed to a type II achalasia with time, which may be the most important etiology within the EGJOO category. Although the significance remains unclear, compartmentalized esophageal pressurization was observed in this case. In the future, it would be interesting to evaluate the role of compartmentalized esophageal pressurization in patients with EGJOO.

Fig. 1. Esophageal high-resolution manometry (HRM) findings of a patient present with dysphagia intially and 1 year later. (A) Esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction. HRM shows preserved esophageal body peristalsis but elevated integrated relaxation pressure (IRP, median 23.8 mmHg). (B) Type II achalasia. Follow-up HRM 1 year later shows panesophageal pressurization with elevated IRP (median 24.55 mmHg).

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