Your child will lie on a table in the motility room. The nurses will wear a gown, gloves and plastic glasses.
A small tube with several sensors in it will be passed into your child's nose and down through the esophagus. Your child may be given medication to help him / her relax before the test is started. Time will be allowed for your child to adjust to this tube before formal testing begins.
This tube is connected to a portable manometry cart. Your child will be asked to swallow sips of liquid and small pieces of solid foods during the procedure. As swallowing occurs, the changing pressure in the tube makes tracings on the computer and records these tracings. This gives the doctor a record of how well the esophagus and the sphincters are working.
During the test, parents may be with their child or wait in the waiting area. The test will take about an hour.