Motility Testing

Esophageal manometry is the measurement of pressures and muscle functioning of the esophagus. A thin, flexible, disposable catheter (size of spaghetti noodle) is gently passed through the nose and into the stomach, while taking sips of water in a sitting position. This usually takes 10-15 seconds. While lying down, pressure recordings are then obtained for 15-20 minutes. Upon completion, the catheter is removed. The recorded data is later analyzed by the interpreting physician.