Manometric Assessment of the Esophagus

  • Jeffrey L. Conklin


The methods for manometric evaluation of esophageal motor function have become much more sophisticated in the last decade. The advent of high-resolution manometry allows us for the first time to view esophageal motor function as a complete spatial and temporal continuum from the pharynx to the stomach. It makes the study more comfortable for the patient, more easily and reliably done by the nurse or technician, and more easily interpreted by the clinician. This chapter provides an introduction to high-resolution manometry, identifies what manometry measures, explains manometry equipment and describes how esophageal manometry is done. It reveals the color topographic patterns seen with normal and abnormal esophageal motor function.


Lower Esophageal Sphincter Esophageal Manometry Lower Esophageal Sphincter Pressure Lower Esophageal Sphincter Relaxation Peristaltic Contraction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gastroenterology and HepatologyCedars-Sinai Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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