Evaluation of esophageal contractile propagation using esophageal pressure topography

Authors


Address for Correspondence
John Pandolfino MD, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 676 St Clair St, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60611-2951, USA.
Tel: +312 695 4729; fax: +312 695 3999; e-mail: j-pandolfino@northwestern.edu

Abstract

Background  High-resolution manometry and esophageal pressure topography have enhanced our ability to analyze esophageal motor disturbances by improving the detail and accuracy of measurements of peristaltic activity.This has been extremely helpful in the evaluation of disorders of rapid propagation as the technique is able to define important time points and physiologic landmarks that are crucial in defining peristaltic velocity and latency intervals.

Purpose  The goal of the current review will be to assess how esophageal pressure topography has impacted our ability to define important phenotypes of rapid propagation. Additionally, this review will also be utilized to complement the description of the Chicago Classification of Esophageal Motor Disorders, which is presented in this supplement issue.

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