Esophageal Manometry is a test which shows whether the Esophagus is working properly or not. The Esophagus is a long, muscular tube which connects throat to the stomach. Esophageal Manometry measures the rhythmic muscle contractions , which occurs during the swallow procedure, it also can measures force and coordination of these muscles as they move food to the stomach.

When Manometry is useful
  • Difficulty and pain when swallowing
  • Diffuse esophageal spasm.
  • Achalasia
  • Scleroderma

Manometry Procedure

Esophageal manometry is an outpatient procedure which take place without sedation, Generally, people tolerate it well.

  • A catheter is guided through the nose to the Esophagus, Although catheter does not interfere with the breathing.
  • While you are sitting up, you have spray on your throat with a numbing medication or numbing gel in your nose or both, but your eyes may water or you may gag. Some of the people have slight nosebleed because of irritation.
  • After the catheter is in place, your doctor may ask you to lie down on your back on the exam table.
  • You may be asked to drink some sips of water, a computer which is connected with catheter, it records the pressure, strength and pattern of your esophageal muscle contractions.
  • You would be asked to breathe slowly and smoothly and swallow when you are asked to do.
  • Your doctor may move the catheter down into the stomach while it continues the measurements.
  • The catheter then is slowly withdrawn.

Dr Gautam Tamboliya is one of the top Gastroenterologists in Ahmedabad, he has deep knowledge about tests like Esophageal Manometry, with the help of this procedure, esophagus problems can be identified; which becomes helpful in treatment.

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