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Anorectal manometry is often done to help find the cause of your child's symptoms, such as constipation, stool accidents or other bowel problems. It may also be done before or after surgery to check how your child's rectal muscles and nerves are working.
During an anorectal manometry a doctor places a small, soft, flexible tube into the rectum. A tiny balloon is attached to the end of the tube. This balloon is filled with small amounts of air to measure how your child's muscles and nerves work inside the rectum.
You will receive instructions in the mail regarding the bowel preparation, or a nurse from the Gastroenterology Program at Boston Children's will call to tell you what you need to do to get your child ready for anorectal manometry. If your child has a latex allergy, please tell the nurse at this time. A latex-free balloon will then be used for your child.
This test is not painful, but some children may feel anxious about it. For general information about motility tests and/or procedures, see the general information about motility tests and/or procedures page.
If your child did not receive sedation (medicine to cause sleepiness) for the test, he or she may go home when the test is over. The nurse will review all instructions with you before you leave. If your child received sedation before the test, please visit the general information about motility tests and/or procedures page for more information.
The doctor who performed the exam will talk to you about the test results before you go home that day. Your primary gastroenterology doctor will give you follow-up care instructions.
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