Application of the Functional Lumen Imaging Probe to Esophageal Disorders

Curr Treat Options Gastroenterol. 2017 Mar;15(1):10-25. doi: 10.1007/s11938-017-0116-4.


The functional luminal imaging probe (FLIP) provides a novel method to evaluate esophageal physiology and function in both health and disease. FLIP enables assessment of a previously underexplored component of esophageal function, distensibility, by utilizing high-resolution impedance planimetry to evaluate the relationship of the esophageal luminal geometry with pressure during controlled volumetric distension. Recent studies have described the potential utility of FLIP to evaluate the severity and effectiveness of therapy for esophageal diseases including achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis. This review summarizes these emerging clinical applications of FLIP in the evaluation and management of esophageal diseases.

Keywords: Achalasia; Eosinophilic esophagitis; Functional lumen imaging probe; Gastroesophageal reflux disease; Impedance planimetry.

Publication types

  • Review