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The Clinical Value of Esophageal Motility Tests.

M. J. Kelley Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(4):726. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-4-726_1
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This report is designed to point out the value of intraluminal studies of esophageal motility performed in patients from a general hospital population who presented diagnostic problems of esophageal motor function. The resting and deglutition pressures in the esophagus and its sphincters were detected by a 5 by 5 mm water-filled balloon and 2 laterally notched polyethylene tubes separated by intervals of 5 cm, connected to extracorporeally placed pressure transducers and recorded on a multichannel polygraph. The tubes are easily swallowed and there is no risk in the procedure.

Cases will be described delineating the findings in several disorders to


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