Hungarian Radiology

[Functional disorders of the pharynx associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease]

SZÁNTÓ Dezső

MAY 15, 2010

Hungarian Radiology - 2010;84(01)

[The reduced tone of the lower esophageal sphincter, hypomotility of esophagus and dilatory evacuation of stomach are causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Primary damages of esophageal motility lead to regurgitation of gastric content. The evolution of various disorders of esophagus, pharyngoesophageal junction and hypopharynx depend on regurgitant volume gastric and bile acids. The barium swallow well detects mucosal abnormalities and uncordinated contractions of pharyngeal constrictor and levator muscles moreover dyskinesia of upper and lower esophageal sphincters. According to the database of evidence-based medicine (Cochrane Library), sensitivity of barium pharyngo-esophagograms is in mild grade cases 72-74%, in moderate and in severe ones 88-93% and 100%, respectively. Till now laryngeal stasis, penetration and aspiration, dysmyotonia of lateral wall, cricopharyngeal bar, waterfall, vallecular balloon, besides double anterior wall signs of pharyngeal malfunctions were reviewed. We have to also consieder respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological manifestations.]

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