This procedure is
performed to evaluate the way the esophagus
contracts or moves. The test is indicated in
patients that are having chest pain, a sense
of food getting hung up upon swallowing or
A small, spaghetti like catheter, which is a pressure transducer, is gently placed into the nose and passed into the stomach as small sips of water are taken. Over about 30 minutes, the catheter is pulled back as the patient is asked to swallow water. This will allow the doctor to see how well the esophagus functions. Sedation is not given as it could affect the results.
PreparationThe patient should fast for 4 to 6 hours prior to the study. Other studies of the esophagus should be avoided directly before the test. Certain medications may be discontinued 24 hours before the study, including: nitrates, calcium channel blockers, promotility agents, and sedatives.
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