Which patients need oesophageal physiology tests?

Recurrent Chest Infection, Persistent Vomiting, Persistent Belching, Persistent Cough, Chest Pain, Acid reflux, Acid Taste, Sore Throat, Difficulty Swallowing, Hoarse Voice, Sore Throat

Which specialties use oesophageal physiology tests?

General Surgeons, Gastroenterologists, ENT Specialists, Chest Specialists and many more.

Can general practitioners use GI physiology testing?

General Practitioners can use these tests directly which will:

  • Avoid unnecessary referrals to hospitals
  • Reduce costs for the CCGs
  • Speed up care for their patients

Is that necessary to visit a gastroenterologist to request oesophageal manometry and reflux monitoring?

Majority of the times your general practitioner can directly refer to these tests. However, in some cases, it will be necessary to be referred to a gastroenterologist for a wider investigation.

What are the common oesophageal physiology tests?

Manometry of Oesophagus

  • To measure the movements of the gullet
  • Oesophageal manometry is a test to measure how well the oesophagus is working.
  • Duration 30 minutes

Reflux Monitoring

  •  To measure the amount of acid reflux in the gullet
  •  The test starts straight after manometry
  •  Duration 24 hours

What Is Oesophagus (Gullet)?

A muscular tube connecting the mouth to the stomach.

Function:

  1. To pass food and drinks to stomach
  2. To prevent reflux

Malfunction:

  1. Difficulty swallowing, chest pain, …
  2. Reflux of acid: heartburn, regurgitation, cough, hoarse voice …

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