Dysphagia pp 339-357 | Cite as

Radiologic Evaluation of Esophageal Function

  • Wolfgang Schima
  • Edith Eisenhuber
  • Christiane Kulinna-Cosentini
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


In patients with dysphagia, radiographic studies evaluate both esophageal morphology and esophageal function. Videofluoroscopy accurately diagnoses achalasia, diffuse esophageal spasm, and PSS (scleroderma). Videofluoroscopy is less sensitive for the study of nonspecific motor disorders and gastroesophageal reflux. When accuracy, costs, availability, and patient acceptance are considered (Parkman et al. Dig Dis Sci 41:1355–1368, 1996), videofluoroscopy should be the initial diagnostic test for patients with esophageal dysphagia.


Lower Esophageal Sphincter Eosinophilic Esophagitis Progressive Systemic Sclerosis Esophageal Peristalsis Esophageal Function 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Schima
    • 1
  • Edith Eisenhuber
    • 2
  • Christiane Kulinna-Cosentini
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyKrankenhaus Goettlicher HeilandViennaAustria
  2. 2.Krankenhaus Goettlicher HeilandViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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