What is it?

Oesophageal manometry is the most sophisticated test to check the oesophageal function. The examination is very safe and is usually well tolerated.

When is it indicated?

The test is also recommended to patients who are considering anti-reflux surgery. Sometimes, the test is also conducted for patients who have chest pain and a regular heart examination.

Test procedure


  • You will undergo the test as an outpatient (so without hospital admission).
  • You will need to fast (no eating or drinking for at least six hours).
  • Check in using your identity card at an e-kiosk in the atrium. Follow any further instructions on the ticket you received at the e-kiosk.


  • One nostril is numbed using Xylocaine.
  • The manometric scope is inserted into the stomach through the nose. The patient is prompted by the physician to drink sips of water.

Possible complications

Temporary gagging reflexes may occur while the scope is being inserted. In very rare instances, brief nosebleeds may occur that generally stop by themselves.

Centres and specialist areas

Digestive Centre

Latest publication date: 05/02/2021
Supervising author: Dr Vanderstraeten Erik