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 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
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