esophageal manometryEsophageal manometry test examines the function of the esophagus (food pipe). This test studies if your esophagus is able to pass food to the stomach normally or has some abnormality.

Before the procedure, a numbing medicine is given in the nose. You will be in a seated position when a catheter (thin flexible tube) will be inserted through nose to the esophagus, reaching into your stomach. Then the tube is pulled back slowly from the stomach into your esophagus. You will be asked to swallow at this time. The doctor will study the flow of food from the esophagus. The tube is removed after the tests. It takes over 30 minutes to complete the Esophageal Manometry test.

When is the Manometry test done?

The test is recommended when you experience the symptoms like difficulty in swallowing, chest pain, or heartburn that could indicate an esophageal disorder.

Esophagus Manometry test helps to diagnose:

  • Diffuse esophageal spasm
  • Achalasia
  • Scleroderma

Risks of Esophageal Manometry

  • Watery eyes
  • Nosebleed
  • Gagging
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Discomfort in nose and throat
  • Inhaling stomach contents that flow back into your esophagus
  • Esophagus perforation

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