Gastric emptying function was assessed by GES in our hospital three months after G-POEM, and the patients' symptoms were measured by GCSI after the procedure (at one month, three months, and every 6 months thereafter).
The primary outcome parameter was an assessment of the clinical efficacy of G-POEM, which was defined by symptomatic improvement of the patient and a significant drop in the GCSI at least > 50% of the baseline and without the need for further hospitalizations for nutritional support .
The GCSI score ranged from 20 to 38, with a mean ([+ or -]SD) of 24.25 ([+ or -]5.47).
In a clinical setting, the GSRS gives a broader perspective on patients' panenteric GI symptoms in general, in comparison to the GCSI
score, which focus on gastroparesis.
Through consultation with a group of experts, these questions were weighted in order to arrive at an overall GCSI score.
As such, the GCSI results reported herein cover all 193 ITU member states.
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Total GCSI scores significantly improved both immediately after and two weeks after intervention in the EA group.
The study was limited by the fact only the GCSI scores for gastroparesis were measured for longer term effects (i.e.
Dysphagia, as a predictor of gastric emptying has not been reported by other groups, is not a classic manifestation of gastroparesis and indeed is not a component of the GCSI. Our computerized charts allowed for reliable reporting of dysphagia.
Our study has several limitations, including the retrospective design and the absence of validated symptom questionnaires such as the GCSI. Nevertheless, every attempt was made to retrieve data on symptoms retrospectively in a thorough manner.