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Esophageal motor disorders in patients evaluated for dysphagia and/or noncardiac chest pain

  • Gabrio Bassotti
  • Maria Antonietta Pelli
  • Antonio Morelli


During the period January, 1983–October, 1990, 429 subjects were referred for functional evaluation of dysphagia and/or noncardiac chest pain. Of these, 304 (70.8%) were shown to have some kind of esophageal motor abnormality. The most frequent motor abnormality of the esophagus was represented by nonspecific motor disorders (31%), followed by achalasia (13%), whereas the other dysfunctions accounted for a smaller percentage. In particular, diffuse esophageal spasm was shown to be quite rare. It is concluded that esophageal manometry may provide a high diagnostic yield in patients presenting with dysphagia and/or noncardiac chest pain.

Key words

Chest pain Esophagus, manometry Deglutition Deglutition disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabrio Bassotti
    • 1
  • Maria Antonietta Pelli
    • 1
  • Antonio Morelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio di Motilità IntestinaleIstituto di Gastroenterologia, ed Endoscopia DigestivaPerugiaItaly

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