Abnormal oesophageal motility may impair oesophageal bolus transport leading to symptoms of chest pain and regurgitation. Oesophageal pathophysiology may include neuromuscular and/or structural defects leading to weak, incoordinate or absent peristalsis and impaired oesophago-gastric junction relaxation. Understanding these mechanisms is important to determine the appropriate course of therapy. Whilst, barium oesophagram is the mainstay for clinical investigation of oesophageal motility, high-resolution manometry is now more widely available. This review describes the potential value of high-resolution manometry in paediatric gastroenterology practise.
- high resolution manometry
- oesophageal motility