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Esophageal Manometry

  • Jeffrey L. Conklin
  • Joseph A. Murray

Abstract

The major functions of the esophagus and its sphincters are to transport from the pharynx to the stomach what is swallowed, to prevent the reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus and airways, and to clear the esophagus of gastroesophageal refluxate. Carrying out these tasks requires the precise integration of a bewildering array of neuromuscular processes in the central nervous system, the myenteric plexus, and the muscular components of the esophagus. Esophageal manometry gives the clinician insight into the function of these neuromuscular processes, and in some cases allows the diagnosis of specific abnormalities of esophageal motor function.

Keywords

Lower Esophageal Sphincter Esophageal Manometry Lower Esophageal Sphincter Relaxation Peristaltic Contraction Diffuse Esophageal Spasm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey L. Conklin
    • 1
  • Joseph A. Murray
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, College of MedicineUniversity of Iowa and Iowa City VA Medical CenterIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Mayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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