Advanced GI LLC
Gastroenterology located in Chicago, IL
If you have chronic heartburn or acid reflux issues, you may need an esophageal manometry test at Advanced GI LLC in the Lake View area of Chicago, Illinois. Experienced gastroenterologists Michael Flicker, MD, and Carl Atallah, DO, use this advanced outpatient test to determine whether you have an esophagus function problem. Then, they use cutting-edge treatment protocols to resolve your issues. Call the office or set up a visit online today.
Esophageal Manometry Q&A
Who needs esophageal manometry?
If you’re having problems such as difficulty swallowing, discomfort when you swallow, heartburn, acid indigestion, or burning chest pain, your Advanced GI LLC gastroenterologist may perform esophageal manometry to assess your esophagus function.
This test can help diagnose conditions, including:
Diffuse esophageal spasms
Diffuse esophageal spasms occur when your esophagus acts in an uncoordinated or erratic way. Instead of coordinated contractions that move food into your stomach, it spasms at the wrong times and with too much intensity. These prevent food from getting to your stomach.
Achalasia is a condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter — the muscle ring at the bottom of the esophagus — doesn’t open to let food move into your stomach. This causes food to back up in the esophagus, potentially fermenting to cause bitter-tasting backwash in the throat.
Scleroderma is a group of rare connective tissue diseases. Many people with scleroderma have a weak or paralyzed lower esophageal sphincter, often leading to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Esophageal manometry is a very effective way to assess esophagus function so your doctor can make a diagnosis and start your treatment right away.
How do I prepare for esophageal manometry?
Your Advanced GI LLC doctor gives you specific instructions ahead of your test, usually including a period of fasting immediately before the test. You may also need to discontinue or adjust certain medications temporarily.
What can I expect following my esophageal manometry?
After your esophageal manometry test, you can return home immediately. You may resume your normal routine, including eating, right away. You’ll have a follow-up appointment at Advanced GI LLC to discuss the results with your gastroenterologist within a few days.
For expert gastroenterology care from compassionate physicians, call Advanced GI LLC, or schedule an appointment online.
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