Loss of Peristaltic Reserve, Determined by Multiple Rapid Swallows, Is the Most Frequent Esophageal Motility Abnormality in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis

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Abstract

We assessed peristaltic reserve using multiple rapid swallows (MRS) during esophageal high-resolution manometry (HRM) of 111 patients with systemic sclerosis (89 women; ages, 42–64 y). We performed a retrospective analysis of HRM studies that included MRS in patients with systemic sclerosis, performed at 2 tertiary referral centers, and compared data with those from 18 healthy volunteers (controls). HRM findings were analyzed according to the Chicago Classification to provide an esophageal motility diagnosis. Response to MRS was evaluated for the presence of contraction and for augmentation, defined as the distal contractile integral after MRS greater than the median distal contractile integral of 10 supine swallows. Esophageal motility diagnoses included 41% with absent contractility, 31% with normal motility, 23% with ineffective esophageal motility, and 5% that met the criteria for other esophageal motility disorders. Contraction (37%) and peristaltic augmentation (18%) after MRS were observed less frequently in patients with systemic sclerosis than in controls (83% and 100%, respectively). Impaired peristaltic reserve, as assessed with MRS during HRM, is therefore the most common esophageal motility finding among patients with systemic sclerosis.

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