Functional lumen imaging probe: The FLIP side of esophageal disease

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Abstract

Purpose of review

The aim of this review is to summarize use of the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP) for the evaluation and management of esophageal diseases.

Recent findings

The FLIP utilizes high-resolution impedance planimetry to evaluate the functional geometry and cross-sectional area/pressure relationship (i.e. distensibility) of the esophageal sphincters and body. Recent studies have reported the potential utility of FLIP to evaluate esophageal diseases, such as achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Summary

Esophageal distensibility measures provided by the FLIP will add to our understanding of the contribution of esophageal mechanical properties to esophageal symptoms and function. Application of the FLIP in clinical practice complements the diagnostic evaluation of esophageal function and may also be a valuable tool to help direct and target clinical management of esophageal diseases.

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