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Oesophageal manometry


At Mater Health Services we understand that being in hospital can be a very stressful experience. This booklet aims to alleviate some of your concerns in keeping with our Mission to offer compassionate, quality care that promotes dignity while responding to patients’ needs. It explains briefly the events that may occur during your visit and the things to expect when you are discharged from the hospital.

It is, however, only a guideline as each person may require differing treatments.

If you have any questions about your treatment please ask your doctor or nurse.

Our pastoral care team offers a caring support network to all patients. The dedicated members of this team will visit you during your stay and are available at your request to discuss any anxieties or problems that you may have.

What is oesophageal manometry?

oesophageal manometryThe oesophagus is a tube that connects your mouth with your stomach. The walls of the oesophagus are very muscular, and contract (squeeze) rhythmically when you swallow to help move food and liquids into your stomach. This action is called peristalsis.

In some people these contractions do not work properly. In such cases, a test known as oesophageal manometry may be needed to help diagnose the problem. Difficulty swallowing may be experienced if the contractions of your oesophagus are too weak or irregular, while chest pain may result if the contractions are too strong.

This test will measure how well the muscles and nerves in your oesophagus work.

What to expect during your oesophageal manometry?

A thin soft tube is passed through your nose or mouth and into the oesophagus. The tube has pressure sensors along its wall and, when in place, can measure the pressure that is produced by the oesophageal muscles when relaxing or squeezing.

You will be asked to take small sips of water so that the pressures during the swallowing action can be recorded and analysed using a computer.

Anaesthesia is generally not required for the procedure, although anaesthetic spray may, if necessary, be used on your throat to minimise discomfort.

Once all the information has been gathered the tube is removed and the test is completed. The whole procedure generally takes about an hour, although a complete analysis of the test results may take several days.

After your procedure

  • you may have a mild sore throat
  • you must not eat, drink or smoke for one hour after the test
  • you may leave the hospital and return to your usual lifestyle
  • your results will be discussed with you at a followup appointment.

Mater Hospital Brisbane

Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane Q 4101

Telephone: 07 3163 8111


Staff at Mater Hospital Brisbane, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane, Qld 4101

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Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-420029
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 11/8/2015
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