Eric S. Teitel MD FACG
David E. Lin MD FACG
Patient Preparation for Esophageal Manometry
Esophageal manometry is a test used to evaluate the pressure and motor function of the esophagus.
This test is used by the physician to evaluate how well the muscles in the esophagus work to move
food and liquids from your mouth to your stomach. Some insurance plans require preauthorization.
Information about the test:
You shall report to the Radiology department
for your test, approaching through the front
entrance to the hospital and testing should take approximately 1 hour
. Your nurse shall verify your
identity and that you have followed the instructions given by your physician. Your vital signs shall be
obtained and an allergy history taken. Your questions and concerns will be addressed prior to the start
of the study.
The test will start with you sitting upright as one nostril is numbed with a lubricant or spray.
Then a thin tube will be passed through the nostril, down the back of the throat and into the stomach. You will help in this process by swallowing when asked to do so by the nurse. This thin tube will not impair your breathing or ability to talk.
You will then be asked to lie down on your back to rest a short while. During the test you will be
asked to take small swallows of water so pressures in the esophagus can be measured during the swallows, as well as at rest. Multiple swallows are needed to obtain required pressure readings.
This study is very safe and complications are rare. Potential mild side effects of the testing may
include a sore throat and nose bleed. A rare complication may include esophageal perforation that
might require surgical intervention.
. Before your test:
• Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before the test, until the test is completed
• Medications that are not essential should not be taken
on the test day AS FOLLOWS:
NO Promotility drugs
such as Reglan, Zelnorm, erythromycin, Motilium
such as Bentyl, Donnatal, Levsin, Robinul
NO Sedatives or tranquilizers
such as Valium, Livbrax, Ativan, Elavil NO Pain medicines
such as Demerol, codeinie, morphine, Percondan, Percocet.
• Diabetic medication
use should follow physician’s specific instructions
• If you have any medication questions, you should ask your physician
• Additional instructions by your physician:
_________________________________________________________________________ After your test:
You may resume normal activities, diet, medications. You may drive yourself home.
If you have a sore throat, gargling with salt water may help or throat lozenges can be used. Contact
your physician with any unusual symptoms or side effects. Call for your appointment:
Call the radiology department to schedule this test at 914-734- 3674
Appt date: _____________________ Appt time: ____________________________
Any questions regarding this test please call our office:
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