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At Boston Children’s GI Motility Center, we provide the most advanced, high-resolution and high definition manometry testing possible. This provides our doctors with detailed information about your child’s condition. 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 Boston Children's will call to tell you what you need to do to get your child ready for the test. 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 GI motility testing.
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 GI motility testing 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.
If you have any questions about an upcoming test, procedure or any other aspect of your child's treatment, please reach out to any member of your care team—he or she will be able to explain what to expect during your visit and share tips on how to make it as easy as possible.
For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please contact the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center at 617-355-6055 or request an appointment online.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”