Date of Award

Spring 1973

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Linehan, John, H.

Second Advisor

Dodds, W. J.

Third Advisor

Lewis, James L.


Normal esophageal function is determined by the ability of the esophagus to generate a sequential muscle contraction along its length during a swallow (peristalsis). The degree of muscle contraction is normally quantitated as a pressure force as measured by a water infused catheter placed distally in the esophageal body and attached proximally, to a pressure transducer. The purpose of this study is to determine whether this is presently an accurate recording system to measure esophageal pressure, and, if not, to make specific recommendations to improve these measurements.



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