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What is Esophageal Manometry, Before and After Test – Agrawal Gastrocare Center Indore

What is Esophageal Manometry

Esophageal manometry is a test that checks how well your esophagus is performing. The esophagus is a muscular tube that links your throat and stomach. Your esophagus contracts and pushes food into your stomach as you swallow.

The contractions are measured using esophageal manometry. The test also assesses the strength and synchronization of your esophageal muscles as they transfer food to your stomach.

A thin, flexible tube containing pressure sensors is passed through your nose, down your esophagus, and into your stomach during esophageal manometry. Esophageal manometry can assist in the diagnosis of certain esophageal diseases.

Why Esophageal Manometry is Done?

If you have symptoms that you think are due to an esophageal problem, your doctor may recommend esophageal manometry.

Esophageal manometry measures the passage of food via the esophagus into the stomach. The test examines how effectively the muscles at the top and bottom of your esophagus close and open along with the pressure, speed, and pattern of the wave of esophageal muscular contractions that pushes food along.

If your doctor has advised you to have anti-reflux surgery to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may require esophageal manometry to ensure you don’t have achalasia or scleroderma, which GERD surgery cannot treat.

If you have chest pain that isn’t caused by your heart, esophageal manometry may be indicated if you don’t react to GERD medication.

How you are Prepared for the Esophageal Manometry Test?

You may need to refrain from eating and drinking for a period of time prior to esophageal manometry. You will be given specific instructions by your doctor. Also, inform your doctor about any medications you are taking. Some drugs may be prohibited prior to the test.

After the Esophageal Manometry Test

The findings of your esophageal manometry will be delivered to your doctor within one to two days. The findings of the tests can be used to help determine the cause of esophageal symptoms or as part of an evaluation of patients. Schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor to go through the results.

Dr. Amit Agarwal
Director & Gastroenterologist Consultant
Agarwal Gastrocare Center Indore

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