Since reporting, two years ago,1 a series of ten cases of cardiospasm with sacculation of the esophagus, we have had the opportunity of studying four additional cases and of observing the after-results in eight of the fourteen cases treated. The clinical and x-ray observations of the results in these cases have ranged over periods of from one to four years after the cessation of treatment. It is to these observations especially that we wish to call attention here.
When our original paper on this subject was presented, insufficient time had elapsed following the treatment of the cases tojustify any absolute statements as to the ultimate results, but based on the pathologic findings we ventured the statement that while a fairly complete symptomatic cure was possible, an anatomic cure seemed most, improbable in those cases' in which sacculation existed to any marked degree. We believed that even after complete stretching
MYER JS, CARMAN RD. CARDIOSPASM WITH SACCULATION OF THE ESOPHAGUS, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE PERSISTENCE OF THE SAC. JAMA. 1912;LIX(14):1278–1282. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270100046015