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Ascona Conference on Chicago Classification - Free Web-based Materials

In April 2011, a conference 'Advances in clinical investigation of esophageal dysmotility and reflux disease' was held in Ascona, Switzerland. The conference was organized by members of the High-Resolution Manometry Working Group chaired by Associate Professor Dr. Mark Fox to bring together an international group of physicians and scientists with the aim to:

  • Introduce the new 'Chicago Classification Criteria of Esophageal Motility Disorders Defined in High Resolution Esophageal Pressure Topography'.
  • To present guidelines that incorporate the current state of the art for investigation and management of esophageal motility disorders and gastro-esophageal reflux disease.
  • To provide practical training to ensure best practice and maximum patient benefit wherever these technologies are applied.

The Ascona meeting was supported by all the leading manufacturers of diagnostic instruments utilized in the assessment of esophageal motility and gastro-esophageal reflux. Industry representatives and engineers attended as observers because the clinical practice of esophagology is inseparable from developments in hardware and software. The key outcome of the Ascona meeting was the introduction of the 'Chicago Classification of esophageal motility disorders'. Please follow the link for the proceedings of the Ascona Conference. All the articles have been unlocked and are free to download.