What Is Esophageal Manometry?

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Q:
What Is Esophageal Manometry?

A:
Esophageal manometry is a test to measure how well your esophagus works. In simple terms, it will tell your doctor if your esophagus is able to move food to your stomach normally. And it helps to understand your swallowing and digestive processes.

Who need the test?

The manometry test is commonly given to people who have:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
How to perform the test?

During the test, your doctor will pass a thin, pressure-sensitive tube through your nose, down the esophagus, and into your stomach. Before the procedure, you will reveive numbing medicine inside your nose. So you will feel less uncomfortable. After the tube is in the stomach, the doctor will pull the tube slowly back into your esophagus. At this moment, the doctor will ask you to swallow. Then the pressure of the your muscle contractions will be measured.

Esophageal Manometry Test

The test usually lasts about 30 minutes.

 

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