Botox (Pyloric Valve)
What is it?
Gastroparesis can also be treated by injecting botulinum toxin (Botox) into the pyloric valve which is the valve that allows food to empty from the stomach. The aim is to relax the valve and keep it open for a longer period of time so food can pass through.
The injection is given via an endoscope (thin flexible tube), which is passed down your throat and into your stomach. If sucessful in treating symptoms, repeated injections would be required due to short term nature of botox.
How effective is it?
The results vary greatly between patients.
While the use of botulinum toxin has been associated with improvement in symptoms of gastroparesis in some patients, further research is required to validate its efficacy.
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