Esophageal Manometry - Side Effects

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What are the side-effects of esophageal manometry?

Although esophageal manometry is uncomfortable, the procedure is minimally painful because the nostril through which the tube is inserted is anesthetized. Once the tube is in place, patients talk and breathe normally. The side-effects of esophageal manometry are minor and include mild sore throat, nosebleeds, and, uncommonly, sinus problems due to irritation and blockage of the ducts leading from the sinuses and into the nose. Occasionally, during insertion, the tube may enter the larynx (voice box) and cause choking. When this happens, the problem usually is recognized immediately, and the tube is rapidly removed. Care must be used in passing the tube in patients who are unable to easily swallow on command because without a swallow to relax the upper esophageal sphincter the tube often doesn't enter the esophagus but instead may enter the larynx.

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Comment from: SanDiegoTraci, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

Esophageal manometry was about the most horrible procedure I have ever had. I gagged profusely the entire time. The nurse tried to calm me down and I tried so hard to calm myself, but it didn't work. Tears were literally flying out of my eyes the whole time.

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Comment from: Tresadb, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had esophageal manometry procedure today. This was the worst thing ever! I would never ever do it again. I gagged and vomited until the nurse said we are stopping because I am not torturing you any longer. It took me about 2 hours to calm down and I do not have anxiety. Now I have a horrible sore throat.

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