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Esophageal Manometry

Esophageal manometry is an examination that measures the pressures in your esophagus to see if it is working properly.  Muscles that don’t work well in the esophagus can cause heartburn, chest pain and difficulty swallowing.  This procedure will help your doctor determine the treatment that will work best for you.


To do the manometry, the doctor will ask you to swallow a very small flexible catheter tube.  The catheter is attached to a complex machine.  It allows the doctors to measure the muscle contractions along the esophagus to determine if they work normally.  This test helps your doctor diagnose your illness and plan specific treatment.


Immediately before the manometry, you will be given a novociane-like spray to numb your throat.  No sedatives are given for this test, which lasts for about 15 minutes.


During the manometry, you may feel a gagging or coughing sensation, but these symptoms go away quickly.


After the test, do not eat or drink for one (1) hour.

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