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Jennifer's Rare Swallowing Disorder

jennifer kulb achalasia

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This POEM doesn't rhyme, but it's the reason I'm here.

Transcending the limits of achalasia with a non-incision procedure. Jennifer Kulb struggled for years with achalasia, a rare disorder that limits one's ability to swallow. She worried about her options of stabilizing the condition enough to go away to college. Northwestern Medicine's internationally recognized gastroenterologists and surgeons at the Digestive Health Center recommended an incision-free treatment: POEM, or Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy. Now she can eat more easily and attend college confident in her health and her social abilities.

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