High-resolution manometry of the esophagus: more than a colorful view on esophageal motility?

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Since the introduction of pressure measurement of the esophagus, there has been a stepwise improvement in manometric techniques and the recognition of esophageal manometry as a useful tool to evaluate esophageal function in clinical practice. The newest development in this field is high-resolution manometry of the esophagus. In this review, we will briefly discuss the indications for esophageal manometry and we will focus on the development of the technique of high-resolution manometry and the new insights that were obtained by using this emerging tool. We conclude that high-resolution esophageal manometry with spatiotemporal plotting of signals is a valuable research tool. Clinically, the solid-state high-resolution technique is attractive because it makes it easy to perform a high-quality manometric test. However, future studies will have to determine whether the yield of the technique is higher than that of conventional manometry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-69
JournalExpert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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