Esophageal Motility in Neonatal Infants

  • J. De Schryver
  • J. Hellemans
Part of the Handbuch der inneren Medizin book series (INNEREN, volume 3)


A neonate is able to perform a coordinated swallowing act (Crump et al., 1958). Swallowing occurs already in 12 week old fetuses (Hooker, 1952, 1954) and from the 23rd week on the fetus drinks amniotic fluid (Pritchard, 1965). The innervation of the esophagus starts early. According to Smith and Taylor (1972) neuroblasts reach the embryological esophagus before the 10 mm stage. Jit (1955) has shown that Auerbach’s plexus appears at the 13 to 14 mm stage and Meissner’s plexus at 21 mm.


Lower Esophageal Sphincter Esophageal Motility Esophageal Atresia Fundic Pressure Neonatal Infant 
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