si Digestive Motility Investigations | www.universityhospitalmartinique.fr

Digestive Motility Investigations

In addition to Diagnostic and Interventional Endoscopy Procedures, many functionnal tests are available on a daily basis to investigate the motility of several part of the digestive tract

Oesophageal Manometry Test

  • Oesophageal manometry measures the rhythmic muscular contractions along the gullet, or oesophagus, that normally occur after swallowing
  • Motility disorders can lead to various symptoms, such as difficulty in swallowing, heartburn and reflux refractory to previous treatments, and atypical chest pains
  • To register oesophageal contractions, a long buth thin catheter containing multiple sensors is passed through the nose, down to the oesophagus and the stomach.
  • The procedure lasts five to ten minutes, without a need for anesthesia

Oesophageal pH-Monitoring

  • Oesophageal pH-monitoring is a procedure used to diagnose and assess the severity of the reflux (or regurgitation) of acid from the stomach into the esophagus occurring in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • The technique is indicated for regurgitation symptoms refractory to first-line anti-acid treatments

Anorectal manometry test

  • Anorectal Manometry is a technique used to measure contractility in the anus and the rectum.
  • It requires the introduction of a balloon in the rectum, with multiple sensors assessing the pressures of the anal sphincter muscles, the sensation in the rectum and the neural reflexes needed for normal bowel movements
  • The procedure allows to evaluate patients with severe and refractory constipation or fecal incontinence

►Go back to GastroEnterology