Dysphagia: Novel and Emerging Diagnostic Modalities

Advances in diagnostic testing for esophageal motility disorders have been substantial over the past 10 to 20 years. The advent of high-resolution manometry (HRM) and esophageal pressure topography (EPT) in the 1990s provided a method to improve depiction of esophageal motor function over conventional line tracing manometry and facilitated organized classification of esophageal motility disorders via the Chicago Classification (CC).1–3

A novel tool and approach with functional luminal imaging probe (FLIP) panometry, as well as application of barium esophagram, have both helped clinicians to improve diagnostic capabilities. The purpose of this review article is to discuss the current and emerging technologies in the area of esophageal motility and to discuss the authors’ approach to diagnosing and managing esophageal motility disorders.

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