Featuring: John Pandolfino, MD
Esophageal diseases are extremely common, and symptoms such as trouble swallowing, chest pain, regurgitation and choking diminish quality of life. There can also be psychosocial effects for patients with these diseases, including hypervigilance — a heightened focus on physical symptoms — and symptom-specific anxiety such as fear of choking.
A recent Northwestern Medicine study published in the journal Gastroenterology found that measuring levels of hypervigilance and symptom-specific anxiety may improve healthcare providers’ understanding of patient outcomes for severe esophageal diseases and treatment strategies. John Pandolfino, MD, senior author of the study, details the findings in this episode.
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This podcast was originally released by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in August 2021.
John Pandolfino, MD, chief of Medicine in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Northwestern Medicine
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