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Anorectal manometry is a procedure that helps determine the strength of the rectal and anal muscles.
Your gastroenterologist may want to perform anorectal manometry to evaluate certain anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s disease. The anal and rectal muscles usually tighten to hold in a bowel movement and relax in order to pass it. If these muscles do not contract and open normally, it can lead to constipation or fecal incontinence. The anorectal manometry can test the muscle function and neural reflexes.
Prior to the procedure, you will need to make sure your digestive tract is empty. Your doctor may recommend you do an enema at home.
During the procedure: