Endoscopy Procedures (Digestive System)
What is the test?
Esophageal manometry helps diagnose various
abnormalities in the esophagus (the “swallowing tube”), such as swallowing
difficulties, peristaltic motility disorders, and chest pain related to
digestion. By placing a narrow, flexible tube down the esophagus, the
gastroenterologist can measure the pressure in your esophagus and lower
esophageal sphincter (the muscle between your esophagus and stomach) as you
swallow. This procedure is often performed before surgery to correct a hiatal hernia.
How do I prepare?
You should refrain from eating and drinking anything for eight hours before
the exam. If you are taking Propulsid (Cisapride) or Reglan (Metoclopramide), be certain to talk to your doctor about
whether or not you should discontinue these medications prior to the test.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Please check in at Outpatient Registration. When you arrive in the Endoscopy
Department, a nurse will greet you, take your health history and blood
pressure, and answer any questions you have about the exam. After the inside of
your nose has been lubricated with a local anesthetic to make it numb, the
nurse will gently insert the tube into your nose and pass it into your esophagus
as you swallow. Over the next 20 to 30 minutes, a computer will take several
measurements of the pressure in your esophagus while you swallow.
How and when will I get my test results?
After esophageal manometry you may resume normal
activities. The results of the exam are interpreted by a gastroenterologist,
who will phone you to discuss the findings. The test results will also be sent
to your referring primary care physician or surgeon.
is the test performed?
Esophageal manometry is performed at Cayuga Medical
Center at 101 Dates Drive, off NYS
Route 96 in Ithaca.