Anorectal Manometry vs. Endoscopy

Published on Jan 31, 2023

Anorectal manometry and endoscopy are both diagnostic tools used to evaluate and diagnose conditions of the rectum and anus. However, anorectal manometry is considered a more specialized and targeted diagnostic tool compared to endoscopy.

Understanding Anorectal Manometry

Anorectal manometry is a test that measures the pressure and muscle function of the anus and rectum. It is used to evaluate conditions such as fecal incontinence, constipation, and difficulty with bowel movements. The test is performed by inserting a small, flexible tube into the rectum and measuring the pressure of the anal sphincter muscles and the sensation in the rectum.

Anorectal Manometry Diagram

Endoscopy, on the other hand, is a general diagnostic tool that uses a small camera to visualize the inside of the rectum and colon. It is used to evaluate conditions such as colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulitis.

Endoscopy Rendering

Anorectal Manometry vs. Endoscopy

One of the main advantages of anorectal manometry over endoscopy is its ability to accurately diagnose and evaluate conditions related to muscle function and sensation in the rectum and anus. Anorectal manometry can detect subtle changes in muscle function and sensation that may not be visible during an endoscopy. This allows for a more precise diagnosis and treatment plan for conditions such as fecal incontinence and constipation.

Another advantage of anorectal manometry is that it is a non-invasive procedure. Endoscopy, on the other hand, requires sedation and has a slight risk of complications such as bleeding or perforation of the colon. Anorectal manometry is performed in a doctor's office and does not require sedation or any preparation, making it more accessible to patients.

Anorectal manometry is also a useful tool for evaluating the effectiveness of treatments for conditions such as fecal incontinence and constipation. By measuring muscle function and sensation before and after treatment, doctors can determine if a specific treatment is working or if a different approach is needed.

Bring Anorectal Manometry to Your Clinic

Anorectal manometry can be a highly financially beneficial procedure to bring to your clinic today.

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