What does esophageal manometry diagnose?
Esophageal manometry is a test that is used to measure the function of the lower esophageal sphincter (the valve that prevents reflux, or backward flow, of gastric acid into the esophagus) and the muscles of the esophagus.
This test will tell your doctor if your esophagus is able to move food to your stomach normally..
How do they check your esophagus?
Manometry measures the strength and muscle coordination of your esophagus when you swallow. During the manometry test, a thin, pressure-sensitive tube is passed through the nose, along the back of the throat, down the esophagus, and into the stomach.
How much does an esophageal manometry test cost?
The cost of a conventional esophageal manometry test can run from around $500 to $1,000, depending on the provider and location. These costs may be covered in part or in full by your health insurance. The test requires insurance pre-authorization, which your gastroenterologist can submit on your behalf.
Is it painful when you have a esophageal manometry?
Esophageal manometry is generally safe, and complications are rare. You might, however, have some discomfort during the test, including: Gagging when the tube passes into your throat. Watery eyes.
What causes poor esophageal motility?
WHAT CAUSES ESOPHAGEAL DYSMOTILITY? Esophageal dysmotility may be caused by: An ulcer, stricture, irritation, infection, inflammation, or cancer in the esophagus. Uncoordinated or abnormal muscles in the mouth, throat or esophagus.
What is the treatment for esophageal motility disorder?
Effective treatments include dilation with a large size balloon dilator, botulinum toxin (Botox) injection in the lower esophageal sphincter or surgical myotomy (a procedure in which the LES is cut). The best approach depends upon the situation, local expertise and the patient’s personal preference.