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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
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
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
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
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
Motility problems: If your physician suspects motility problems, or abnormal movement of the esophagus or associated sphincters, then manometry, or pressure measurements may be ordered. Syndromes include hiatal hernia, achalasia, esophageal spasm and zenker's and epihrenic diverticulum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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