Esophageal manometry is generally safe, and complications are rare. But as with any medical procedure, it does carry a risk of complications.
During esophageal manometry, you may experience:
- Gagging when the tube passes into your throat
- Watery eyes
- Slight nosebleed
- Discomfort in your nose and throat
After esophageal manometry, you may have some mild side effects, including:
- Sore throat
- Stuffy nose
- Minor nosebleed
Rarely, severe complications may include:
June 10, 2015
- Irregular heartbeat
- Inhaling stomach contents that flow back into your esophagus (aspiration)
- A hole in your esophagus (perforation)
- Ask Mayo Expert. Dysphagia. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2014.
- Peters JH. Techniques of high-resolution esophageal manometry, Classification and treatment of spastic esophageal motility disorders. In: Shackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. 7th edition. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2014. http://www.clinicalkey.com.
- Lembo AJ, et al. Motility testing: When does it help? http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed March 19, 2015.
- American Gastroenterological Association. Understanding esophageal manometry. http://www.asge.org/patients/patients.aspx?id=6822. Accessed March 19, 2015.
- Picco MF (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. April 21, 2015.