What is tertiary peristalsis in esophageal motility disorders?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Tertiary contractions are simultaneous, isolated, dysfunctional contractions. These contractions are nonperistaltic, have no known physiologic role, and are observed with increased frequency in elderly people. Radiographic description of this phenomenon has been called presbyesophagus.


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