The nasogastric tube indicates the entrance into the esophagus. This tube provides an excellent anatomical overview and simultaneously protects the esophageal wall during treatment (A).
The septum is treated with argon-plasma coagulation. The advantage of this method over conventional diathermy is the spray-like application. Bleeding from smaller vessels is avoided. In one session 1 cm of the septum is coagulated. The session is repeated after 4weeks if required (B).
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