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:
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- Irregular heartbeat
- Stomach contents flowing back into your esophagus, which you breathe into your lungs (aspiration)
- A hole in your esophagus (perforation)
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