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Esophageal manometry examines the tissue and function of the esophagus, the tube-like organ connecting the mouth and throat. Occasionally, disorders within this organ can interfere with swallowing and the transport of food. These disorders can include:

  • Achalasia, when the sphincter of the esophagus doesn’t relax and allow food to pass through. This prevents food from entering the stomach and can cause regurgitation and can also interfere with general swallowing.
  • Scleroderma is when the muscles at the bottom of the esophagus cease to move. This can cause symptoms similar to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but it cannot be treated through a GERD surgery.
  • Diffuse esophageal spasms are when the muscles of the esophagus have multiple, strong, uncoordinated contractions.

What happens during an esophageal manometry?

At your esophageal manometry our team will numb your throat or nose with a medication, and a catheter will be inserted into the nose down through to the esophagus. The patient will still be able to breathe and our gastroenterologists will ask them to take small sips of water. While the patient drinks, a computer will monitor the strength, pressure and pattern of contractions within the esophagus. After the exam is completed (usually within a half hour), the catheter will be removed and the patient can leave. Our gastroenterologists will be able to get your results within a few days and will meet with you for a follow-up appointment.

Either following or before your manometry, Advanced G.I. LLC will also go through any steps you need to take — such as stopping a medication or fasting for a period of time. Have us answer your questions at any time and call our office at 773-598-5588 today!