Utility and standards in esophageal manometry Review uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Esophageal Sphincter, Lower
  • Manometry


  • Esophageal manometry is a specialized procedure used to evaluate lower and upper esophageal sphincter pressure, esophageal body contraction amplitude, and peristaltic sequence. The procedure is clinically useful in evaluation of a patient with nonstructural dysphagia, unexplained or noncardiac chest pain, a compendium of symptoms suggested because of gastroesophageal reflux disease, and in the preoperative evaluation for antireflux surgery. Manometric findings in 95 normal subjects evenly distributed across age groups were reported in 1987, and are the values still used in our and most laboratories today. The subsequent review will offer our "view" on the clinical utility of esophageal manometry, on the basis of years of experience and performance techniques that have remained constant over decades.

publication date

  • May 2008



  • Review



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/MCG.0b013e3181653a5c

PubMed ID

  • 18364580

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 620

end page

  • 6


  • 42


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