Esophageal manometry tests the health of the long muscular tube that connects your throat to your stomach, called the esophagus.
The physicians at Atlantic Digestive Specialists use this procedure to diagnose disorders that affect your esophagus like dysphagia (swallowing difficulty), odynophagia (swallowing pain), achalasia (lower esophageal sphincter doesn’t allow food to enter stomach, possibly causing regurgitation), and scleroderma (lower esophageal muscles stop moving, leading to severe Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease — GERD).
Esophageal manometry measures the pressure and pattern of muscle contractions in the esophagus that push food toward the stomach after swallowing. Abnormalities can result in pain, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing.
You physician will pass a thin, flexible lubricated tube through your nose into your stomach while you sip water. The tube is connected to a computer that measures and records the pressure in different parts of your esophagus as the tube is removed. The test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
At Atlantic Digestive Specialists you will benefit from the personal care and technologically advanced procedures performed by our leading, board-certified gastroenterologists. Contact us for more information on the esophageal manometry procedure.