Esophageal Manometry

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Discover What’s Causing Your Esophagus Symptoms

Esophageal manometry assesses the esophageal muscles to ensure they are functioning correctly. When these muscles are not working properly, symptoms such as heartburn, difficult or painful swallowing, chest pain, and regurgitation may occur.

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Why Do You Need An Esophageal Manometry?

If the muscles in your esophagus—the tube that connects the mouth with the stomach—are not functioning correctly, we may recommend esophageal manometry to test what is happening. The procedure measures your esophageal muscles’ contractions, force, and coordination as they move food to the stomach. It provides information on how food moves through your esophagus into the stomach, including the function of the sphincter muscles at the top and bottom of the esophagus and the pressure, speed, and pattern of esophageal muscle contractions.

Esophageal manometry helps diagnose conditions such as:

A patient may also need an esophageal manometry in preparation for esophageal surgery or to follow up and assess function after surgery.

How to Prep

For Your Esophageal Manometry

  1. We will provide you with specific instructions before your exam.
  2. Please inform us of all your current medications, including supplements. We will let you know if you need to change when and how you take them the day before or the day of the procedure.
  3. You should not eat or drink anything starting at midnight before your test.
  4. Our staff is happy to assist you with any concerns or questions.

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What to Expect

The Day of Your Esophageal Manometry

This test is an outpatient procedure without sedation.

  1. We use a spray to numb your throat or insert a numbing gel into your nose (or both).
  2. A catheter is gently guided through your nose into your esophagus. The catheter doesn’t interfere with your breathing; however, your eyes may water, you may gag, or you may have a slight nosebleed from irritation.
  3. You then swallow small sips of water. As you do, a computer connected to the catheter records the pressure, speed, and pattern of your esophageal muscle contractions.
  4. During the test, you’ll be asked to breathe slowly and smoothly, remain as still as possible, and only swallow when asked.
  5. When finished, the catheter is slowly withdrawn.

The test usually lasts about 30 minutes.

Getting Your Results

Someone will call you a few days after the procedure to discuss what the results reveal about the muscle function in the esophagus and if there is a need for further testing.

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