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Proposed Catheter Standards for Pharyngeal Manofluorography (Videomanometry)

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With the recent introduction of commercially available pharyngeal manofluorography systems, catheter design should be standardized. Catheters of different designs can produce different data because of their design characteristics. A standard catheter design should make results between investigators comparable and facilitate acceptable normal values. The authors' combined laboratory experience with many catheter designs was reviewed and the literature consulted. For pharyngeal manofluorography, the proposed standard catheter should be 2 × 4 mm in diameter, ovoid, and 100 cm long. The catheter should be marked in centimeters with an anterior and posterior orientation. There should be a slightly malleable, 3- to 4-cm length without sensors beyond the most distal sensor. Solid state transducer sensors should be three or four in number and placed in the pharyngoesophageal segment, midhypopharynx, and tongue base (esophagus for fourth sensor). Sensor spacing should be 3 cm, except 2 cm between the midhypopharynx and tongue base. Unidirectional, in-line, posteriorly oriented sensors with the option of a single circumferential sensor in the cricopharyngeus are currently preferred over circumferential sensors because of their small diameter (patient comfort).

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Salassa, J., DeVault, K. & McConnel, F. Proposed Catheter Standards for Pharyngeal Manofluorography (Videomanometry). Dysphagia 13, 105–110 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/PL00009553

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