Oesophageal manometry

Test for reflux and oesophageal function

A diagnostic procedure that can identify issues with your oesophagus

About oesophageal manometry

Oesophageal manometry is a simple test that involves placing a thin flexible tube into the oesophagus to measure pressure. It can help detect the regurgitation of stomach acid (reflux), several conditions which can make it difficult to swallow food, or muscle spasms that can cause chest pain.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    You will have a local anaesthetic to numb your nose and throat. You'll most likely be sitting upright, in a comfortable position. A thin flexible tube will then be passed through your nose down your throat into your oesophagus and stomach. Once it's in place, it shouldn't be uncomfortable and you'll be able to breathe and speak normally. The tube has a series of pressure sensors, and will record the pressure as you take sips of water. It will also measure muscle contractions in the oesophagus both at rest and when swallowing. The tube will be removed after approximately ten minutes. The entire procedure will last around 45 minutes.
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    Your consultant will explain how to prepare for the test, and advise how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand. You should inform your consultant of any medication you're currently taking, and they'll let you know if you need to stop taking it for a certain amount of time leading up to the test.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    It's likely you'll have 24-hour pH monitoring immediately following your oesophageal manometry, which is a separate test for reflux. Either way, you'll be able to go home the same day. Depending on the results of your oesophageal manometry, your consultant will advise on the next steps and any potential treatment. It's likely they'll wait for the results of the 24-hour pH monitoring test to advise on any further treatment or medication. You may experience a nosebleed or a sore throat after the test, both of which are minor and should soon disappear.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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