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   Posted 9/16/2011 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I am looking at all the tests I have had done. One manometry says "hypotensive LES pressure" (les resting pressure 12.1mmHg, normal is 13-43mmHg).

Does this mean my LES valve is weak, as people mention on this board? If not, should it be somewhere else on my report? thank you,

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   Posted 9/16/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   

A large variability in the pressure values obtained using esophageal manometric techniques is known to exist. A great deal of this variability can be attributed to the wide intraindividual pressure variations observed in healthy subjects. Another component of this variability can be attributed to a large number of factors involved in determining esophageal pressures as recorded by intraluminal recording techniques.

These factors include : 1. the type of manometric recording system used, 2. the methodology used by the operator recording esophageal pressures, 3. the conditions under which the recording is obtained and, 4. the methods used to analyze the manometric recording.

That said - the info I have states, " Normal pressure of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is about 15 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). The pressure is less than 10 mm Hg when the LES relaxes to let food pass into the stomach."

Please do talk with your Dr. re your test results if you have a question re your "hypotensive LES pressure" .

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   Posted 9/16/2011 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok great, thanks stkitt. People here often ask "is your LES valve weak", and I never knew I even had a result with which to know that til today. Either way sounds like I don't have one that is really that weak. Thanks :)
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