Esophageal manometry is a test that measures pressures in your esophagus to see if it is functioning properly.
The test provides information that assists your doctor in diagnosing patients with swallowing difficulties and non-cardiac related chest pain.
Esophageal manometry is also used for evaluating procedures before surgery. A small very flexible catheter (a tube about the size of a spaghetti noodle) will be gently inserted through the nose into the esophagus. The catheter is attached to a machine that records and analyzes the pressure measurements from sensors on the catheter during a series of swallows of water.
This procedure is done entirely in the office. This information helps your doctor diagnose your illness and plan the best treatment for you.