J Neurogastroenterol Motil 2014; 20(4): 561-561  https://doi.org/10.5056/jnm14103
A Case of Post-fundoplication Dysphagia: Another Possible Interpretation of the Manometric Findings
Jennifer C Myers1,3, and John Dent2,3
1Oesophageal Function, General Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia, 2Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia, 3University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Published online: October 1, 2014.
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TO THE EDITOR: A recent case presentation,1 featuring a sample tracing from high-resolution manometry, reports findings for a 40-year-old male patient with persistent severe dysphagia and weight loss some 2 years after laparoscopic fundoplication. The author states the manometric findings supported a diagnosis of hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter (LES) with impaired esophagogastric junction (EGJ) relaxation. We would like to raise another possible interpretation of the findings: If the accompanying figure is typical of the entire manometric recording, then the pressure patternhas been incorrectly interpreted. In the image shown, the pressure pattern below the “high pressure zone” (at 44?47 cm) is similar to the pressure pattern above the “high pressure zone,” indicative of a curled or bent catheter. The irregular pressure pattern at the bottom of the image suggests the distal end of the catheter has not entered the stomach. This previously described “butterfly” pattern,2 with a mirror image of pressure at the level of catheter curling, needs to be identified during acquisition to enable adjustments to be made to avoid a technically inadequate study. Also, the observation that “a sudden increase was noted in the LES pressure up to 300 mmHg after each wet swallow” is an artifact generated by an occluded sidehole of the bent catheter and is not attributable to the LES.

To correctlyevaluate the luminal EGJ pressures in this post fundoplication patient, a repeat manometryis advised, with gentle maneuvres to guide the catheter tip across the EGJ;3 if this fails, then catheter placement under endoscopic guidance is recommended.2 Additionally, a radiological contrast swallow will be helpful in identifying anyfunctional or anatomical anomaly, such as impaired esophageal outflow or a slipped fundoplication.4 Both objective assessments can better inform clinical management decisions.

This case presentation highlights the need for greater awareness of the technical pitfalls and limitations that can occur with high-resolution esophageal manometry data acquisition and interpretation. Pressure pattern recognition during the performance of studies and critical assessment of semi-automated data analysis output is required. In conclusion, the presented interesting case of post fundoplication dysphagia shows manometric data that should be interpreted with caution.

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