Review article: The use of botulinum toxin in the alimentary tract

A. Albanese, A. R. Bentivoglio, E. Cassetta, A. Viggiano, G. Maria, D. Gui

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New and future indications for the treatment of disorders of the alimentary tract using local injections of botulinum toxin are reviewed. Clinical experience shows that overactive smooth muscle sphincters may be weakened to treat disorders such as achalasia or chronic anal fissure. By contrast, injections placed into the sphincter of Oddi have proven less effective for postcholecystectomy pain syndrome. Experimental evidence suggests that food intake may be reduced by weakening the distal stomach with botulinum toxin. This approach may possibly lead to the treatment of obesity. There are some new possible indications for the use of botulinum toxin on the alimentary tract, and infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis seems to be the most promising new development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-604
Number of pages6
JournalAlimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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