The Responsiveness of the Esophagus To Environmental Stimuli

  • Georg Stacher


The contractile activity of the esophagus is one of the bodily functions which is affected by psychological events or events in the environment of the healthy human organism. We all are familiar with expressions such as “I can’t swallow that” or “There is a lump in my throat,” indicating altered esophageal function in states of emotional tension or of psychic upset. Moreover, these expressions do not simply reflect subjective feelings but correspond to real changes in the pattern of esophageal motility which has been reported in a number of publications. The mechanisms by which these changes are brought about are still unclear and not much progress has been made in determining their role in the development of esophageal motor disorders.


Lower Esophageal Sphincter Contractile Response Startle Reaction Esophageal Motility Esophageal Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Stacher
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  1. 1.Psychophysiology Unit at the Psychiatric and at the First Surgical ClinicUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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