Esophageal Motility - Digestive Disease Center
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Esophageal Motility

Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley is the only Gastroenterology Practice in the Mid-Hudson Valley to offer High Resolution Esophageal and High Resolution 3D Anorectal Manometry.

Esophageal Manometry is a test used to assess pressure and motor function of the esophagus, or esophageal motility. In addition, it aids in the evaluation of how well the muscles in the esophagus work to transport liquids or food from your mouth into your stomach. It is often used for evaluation in patients with:

  • Heartburn or Gastric reflux
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Functional chest pain
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Achalasia

In addition, this test may be used in pre-operative evaluation if you are being considered for anti-reflux surgery or other diagnostic tests.

How Esophageal Manometry is Performed

Esophageal Manometry usually takes about ten minutes.  The test is conducted while the patient is comfortable in a semi-reclining or reclining position.  Typically the nose and throat are numbed with a spray or gel.  This minimizes any discomfort associated with the placement of the small catheter through the nose and into the stomach.  During this time, the patient is able to breathe, swallow and talk with ease.

Preparing for Esophageal Manometry

  • Prior to your test, it is important to consult with your doctor regarding any prescribed medications you are taking.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your test.