Oesophageal Manometry - Dubai Gastroenterology Clinic

Helping Patients Verify the Proper Functioning of their Esophagus

Oesophageal Manometry

  • The esophagus plays an important role in the human digestive system and is used for moving food down from the mouth to the stomach.
  • The movement of the food takes place with the help of a wave-like motion known as peristalsis. However, many times, the patients might suffer from esophageal dysfunction in which case the doctors might advise them to undergo an oesophageal manometry.
  • The test proves to be an effective method to help the patients and the doctors learn about the abnormalities in the functioning of the esophagus for timely and proper treatment.

Who might need to undertake the test?

  • The oesophageal manometry test might be advised for individuals facing prolonged issues with their digestive system. This might include frequent sensations of heartburn, feeling pain or even difficulty while swallowing food, or any chest pain that has been established to not be related to a cardiac disorder.
  • The test helps doctors to gain a better understanding of the digestive system of their patients and its relative problems, especially the disruptions in peristalsis and the improper functioning of the muscular valve that connects the esophagus with the stomach.

About the process

  • The test involves the insertion of a thin, pressure-sensitive tube through the nose of the patient down the esophagus and right into the stomach.
  • Once the tube has been inserted, the patients are required to lie on their left side and the end of the tube protruding from the nose is connected to a machine that is capable of recording the pressure on the tube.
  • The sensors located at various places on the tube, help in accessing the strength of the esophagus muscles upon swallowing and also about how well the valve, also known as lower esophageal sphincter is working.

Risks Involved

  • While there is no major health risk associated with the procedure, patients often suffer minor discomfort while the tube is being inserted into the nose. Most doctors, apply a topical anesthetic to the patient’s nose to minimize the level of discomfort.
  • In some rare cases, the patients might experience vomiting and coughing, which are also gone, once the patients get adjusted to the tube. However contrary to popular belief at no stage during the test does the tube interfere or disrupt the normal breathing of the patients.
  • Once the test is completed, its results are analyzed by an expert gastroenterologist, who might then suggest the best course of treatment, including surgery, according to the patient’s condition and other factors.


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