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When is esophageal manometry used?
Esophageal manometry is used primarily in three situations:
To evaluate the function of the sphincter and muscles of the esophagus when there is reflux (regurgitation) of stomach acid and contents back into the esophagus (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD)
To determine the cause of problems with swallowing food (dysphagia) when an endoscopy is normal
When there is chest pain that may be coming from the esophagus after the heart as a cause of chest pain has been ruled out