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Esophageal Manometry Study

Why am I having this study?

Your doctor has ordered a test of your esophagus called an Esophageal Motility or Esophageal Manometry. It may help to find out why you are having pain or difficulty swallowing. The test measures the strength of the muscles in your esophagus, and the location and function of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). This sphincter is the barrier between your esophagus and stomach, which controls the reflux of stomach acids.

What can I expect?

A small, soft catheter is passed through your nose into your stomach, while you are given sips of water to swallow. The catheter is connected to a computer that shows the pressure in your digestive tract. The test takes about 1 hour to complete.

What should I do to prepare?

The nurse will ask you questions about what medications you are taking and your medical history. Please do not have anything to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the test. If you are on heart or blood pressure medications, you will need to check with your physician and let him decide if you should take these the morning of the exam. Your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature will be taken.

Discharge and follow-up

You will be in the department for approximately 90 minutes. We will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions that you may have. It takes approximately 2 weeks for your physician to receive the results of your test.