• manometry test

    Asked by dannerca on Monday, May 13, 2013

    manometry test

    My family Dr would like me to have a manometry test. Was wondering if anyone has had this test and if the radiation damage to the sphincter muscle can be repaired?. After all ive been through with rectal tumor, the chemo, the radiation, the surgery, ileostomy and reversal, and now hernia surgery, not sure i can take any more tests in that area. But if theres a good chance my incontinence issues can be fixed, I'm hoping I can convince myself to have this test done.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      dannerca,
      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and let me help you with this question. A manometry is a test used to find out what the cause is of either acid reflux, chest pain, heartburn, or swallowing difficulties. A small tube is placed into your stomach via the nose and although you are not sedated, you nasal passage is numbed. This 4mm tube goes into the stomach to the lower esophagus sphincter and measures its function. The test lasts about 15 minutes. You will be sitting when the tube is placed but then you will lie on your side for the rest of the test. The tube does not interfere with breathing or swallowing. A minimal amount of discomfort might be felt when the tube is inserted but once in, you won't notice it. Post test discomfort can be resolved with a throat lozenge. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      about 4 years ago
    • dannerca's Avatar
      dannerca

      Ty carm, but the test my doctor is talking about is for the anal sphincter muscle. Its suppose to determine why its not working. If I have solid BM's I can make it to the bathroom most all the time, depending on the consistency will depend on whether I make it to the bathroom or not. So the test I need is for the other end... so to speak.. If you have insight to this test, it would be greatly appreciated, just need to know I wont go through with this test for nothing. I know radiation did damage, thought if anyone else had this problem and test and it helped them, I would consider swallowing my pride to have this test done...ty again

      about 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Dannerca, its the same principal but in the morning, I will send you info I have on my main computer. You are referring to an anorectal manography. Carm RN.

      about 4 years ago
    • dannerca's Avatar
      dannerca

      yes, carm...ty

      about 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      dannerca,
      I apologize for the delay and for not getting this to you sooner. I had to find it in my computer. If you should need anything you can reach me at fcarmedic at sbcglobal dot net (spell out to avoid redacting). I hope this helps you, Carm RN.

      http://www.motilitysociety.org/patient/pdf/Anorectal%20Manometry%20Patient%20Information%208%205%202005.pdf

      about 4 years ago

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