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Whats an esophageal manometry?

Whats an esophageal manometry?

EM studies: Esophageal manometry (em) is a probe, typically passed transnasally, into your esophagus. The probe is sensitive to pressures generated when esophagus muscles contract during swallowing. Probe measures muscle coordination during swallowing, as well as function & effectiveness of both upper & lower esophageal sphincters. Motility disorders, situational spasms, & gerd contributants are measured. ...Read more

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Esophageal Manometry (Definition)

Em is a diagnostic tool that permits assessment of esophageal motility. A thin, pressure-sensitive catheter is inserted into the esophagus to measure peristalsis and the function of the upper ...Read more


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Who needs esophageal manometry?

Swallowing problems: Test is best to look for problems with the muscles of the esophagus, how they function and what could be going on when they are not functioning and a person is having difficulty swallowing or undefined chest pain without clear source. Best for diagnosing things like achalasia and esophageal spasm and hypomotility. ...Read more

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Has anyone had an esophageal manometry? Do you gag a lot?

Has anyone had an esophageal manometry? Do you gag a lot?

You could: Most people tolerate the procedure without difficulty. Sometimes a novacaine like medicine is given to help patients tolerate the tube. But there will be a foreign object sensation in the back of your throat. If you are able to suppress the sensation or urge to cough you will be fine. Good luck. ...Read more

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What generally happens before the esophageal manometry test?

Tube placed: A manometry tube is placed in the nose and passed into the stomach. Occasionally, it can go through the mouth. Many times, numbing meds can be used to make the passage of the tube easier. It is also well lubricated. Once the tube is in place, you will be asked to swallow several times to calibrate the machine and then the test will begin. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: esophageal manometry?

What is the definition or description of: esophageal manometry?

Esophageal manometry: Em is a diagnostic tool that permits assessment of esophageal motility. A thin, pressure-sensitive catheter is inserted into the esophagus to measure peristalsis and the function of the upper and lower esophageal sphincters. ...Read more

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Why can't I have sedation for esophageal manometry?

Alter results : Any 'sedation' may influence the accuracy of the results...Manometry essentially measures a few items: pressure and proper direction of contractions in the body of the esophagus and pressure and appropriately timed relaxation of the sphincter of the esophagus. ...Read more

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How big is the catheter used during esophageal manometry?

How big is the catheter used during esophageal manometry?

HUGE...: Bigger than a rain gutter... No - seriously it is small enough to slip through your nostril and go down the back of your throat into your esophagus. ...Read more

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Will my breathing be interfered with during esophageal manometry?

No except....: Many people are anxious during the test and the tube generally goes into the nose so you may sense faster breathing and feel congested. However, just like an upper endoscopy, the tube goes into the esophagus and does not pass into the trachea so breathing is unaffected. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat or drink before esophageal manometry?

Best not to: Since the study usually is testing during a fasting state, you should not have any solids for at least 6 hours and liquids for 3. ...Read more

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Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more