How It Feels
The local anesthetic sprayed into your nose and throat usually tastes slightly bitter and will make your tongue and throat feel numb and swollen.
When the tube goes through your nose or
mouth into your esophagus, you may feel like coughing or gagging. The test may
be easier if you try to take slow, deep breaths. You may not like the taste of
the lubricant on the tube.
If you have a test that involves adding
acid to your stomach, you may have heartburn pain and other symptoms of acid
If you have the wireless pH monitoring, you may be able to feel the capsule in your esophagus. You will not feel the capsule when it detaches and passes through your intestines and out of your body in your stool.
After the test is over, your nose and throat may feel sore. But
this should improve within a day or so.
The chances that you will have problems from an
esophagus test are rare.
- You may get a nosebleed.
- You may have irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).
tube may go down the windpipe (trachea) instead of the esophagus as it is being
- You may vomit material from your stomach and then breathe
it into your lungs (aspiration).
- The tube may make a hole in the
Esophagus tests measure muscle pressure
and movement, coordination, and strength of the tube that connects the throat
to the stomach (esophagus ). They test how well the ring of muscles
(sphincters) at the top and bottom of the esophagus work. Esophagus tests also measure the movement and volume of gas, liquid, and solid through the esophagus and its pH (acid or nonacid). Results are usually
available within a few days.
- The pH of the esophagus is not acidic.
- If acid is placed in the stomach, the pH of the esophagus does not go down.
- The pH of the lower esophagus is
- If acid is placed in the stomach, the pH of the lower esophagus goes down.