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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
At Boston Children’s GI Motility Center, we provide the most advanced, high-resolution manometry testing possible. This provides our doctors with detailed information about your child’s condition.
A colonic manometry is a test where a doctor places a small and flexible tube through the rectum, into the colon, to measure how your child’s colon moves. It is done to help find the cause of your child’s motility concerns, such as constipation, stool accidents or other bowel problems.
Depending on the underlying problem, your child may be admitted to the hospital two days before the manometry so their colon can be cleaned out for the test. Sometimes the cleanout is performed at home. Your child will have a colonoscopy with a colonic catheter placed by the doctor the day before the motility test, or the same day as the test.
A typical, high-resolution colonic manometry test at Boston Children’s involves the following steps.
When the tube is removed, a Boston Children's gastroenterology doctor will interpret the information recorded by the computer. Call your child's gastroenterologist two weeks after the study for the results. The primary doctor will give follow-up care instructions to you.
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.”