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How do I prepare for esophageal testing?

An empty stomach before esophageal testing or manometry allows for the best and safest examination, so do not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before esophageal manometry. Since many medications can affect esophageal pressure and the natural muscle contractions required for swallowing, be sure to discuss with your healthcare professional each medication you are taking. Your doctor may ask that you temporarily stop taking one or more of these medications before your test.

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