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Oesophageal Manometry

This is a test to see how effective the oesophagus (swallowing tube) is at moving food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. It is particularly useful in children who are getting food "stuck" in the oesophagus after swallowing.

The test is usually done under sedation (medicine is given to make the child relaxed but not completely out to sleep). A  slender, flexible tube is placed into the nose and down to the stomach. Children then get to sip a small amount of liquid or food. The Manometer measures how the oesophagus muscles are able to push food down.

It takes 10-20 minutes to complete the test, although the child will need to stay longer to allow the sedation to wear off before going home.

This page was last updated at 3:37PM on September 4, 2018.