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SOUTH DENVER GASTROENTEROLOGY, P.C.

Esophageal Manometry

What is Esophageal Manometry?

Esophageal manometry is a test performed to see if the esophagus can move food to the stomach properly. The esophagus is a long tube that connects the throat to the stomach. When a person swallows, the esophagus contracts and pushes food down into the stomach. Esophageal manometry measures the contractions, force and coordination of the esophageal muscles. This test is commonly recommended for individuals who are experiencing painful swallowing, difficulty swallowing, chest pain or heartburn.

How is Esophageal Manometry Performed?

During this test, you will not be sedated, but a topical anesthetic will be applied to your nose. A small, flexible tube called a high-resolution manometry catheter will be passed into your nose and down into your stomach. Once this tube is placed, you will lie down on your left side. Sensors located in the tube will measure the strength of the lower esophageal sphincter and the muscles of the esophagus. Your doctor will ask you to swallow some water to measure how well the sphincter and muscles are performing. The entire test usually takes about 30 minutes to complete, and once finished, the tube will be removed from your nose.

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Following Esophageal Manometry

Following your esophageal manometry procedure, you will be able to return home to your regular activities and diet. Your doctor will receive the test results within a few days, after which he or she will share their findings with you. Some patients may experience temporary soreness in their throat, which can be treated with throat lozenges or gargling with saltwater.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you are concerned with any symptoms that you are experiencing post-procedure.

How Do I Prepare for My Procedure?

There are some steps that you should take to prepare for your esophageal manometry. Your doctor will provide you with instructions regarding preparation, which may look similar to the following:

  • Avoid taking opioid pain medications for 48 hours before your test.
  • 24 hours before the test, patients should stop taking calcium channel blockers and nitroglycerin products.
  • 12 hours before the test, do not take sedatives such as Xanax® or Valium®.
  • Avoid eating and drinking 6 hours before your test.
  • Be sure to consult with your primary care doctor regarding blood-thinning and diabetic medications.

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At South Denver GI, our team of physicians and advanced practice providers have the expertise to provide you with outstanding care. If you would like to learn more about Esophageal Manometry or need to schedule an appointment at our office, contact us today!


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