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Doctors use motility tests to study how the different parts of the gastrointestinal tract are working and how food moves through the digestive system.
By studying how the muscles of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum contract and relax, doctors can determine what may be causing certain symptoms, including:
Doctors at Riley at IU Health use four types of motility tests:
To prepare for motility tests, your child may need to follow specific dietary requirements and may need to do a colon clean out or be given an enema before the test.
The esophageal motility study takes about 30 minutes to perform. There is a little bit of discomfort associated with placing the catheter. A numbing medicine is applied to the nasal passages prior to placing the catheter to minimize this.
The antroduodenal manometry test and colonic motility study take at least four hours, including the time it takes to place the catheter and recover from sedation. There is minimal discomfort as the catheter is not moved after placement. Your child can watch TV or play with a tablet device during the test.
An anorectal manometry test takes about 10 minutes to perform if your child is sedated and about 30 minutes if your child is awake. Only limited information is obtained when a patient is sedated. Therefore, the sedated anorectal manometry is only offered to younger children and children who are incapable of cooperating during an awake procedure. There is minimal discomfort associated with the anorectal manometry even in the awake state.
You can support and calm your child by remaining with him or her prior to the procedure and during the entire process.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
575 Riley Hospital Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46202