Diagnosing Esophageal Problems

Individuals of all ages can suffer from esophageal disorders. For most, they are temporary issues that can be managed with over-the-counter medicines and lifestyle changes. But for others, they can lead to more serious conditions. “Some of the most common symptoms of esophageal disorders are difficulty swallowing, chest or back pain, heartburn and acid regurgitation. These are usually signs that there are other problems,” explains Abhinav Sankineni, MD, MPH, an interventional gastroenterologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

The good news is that esophageal disorders often can be successfully treated before long-term damage occurs. At MedStar Franklin Square, patients can get the help they need through our new Manometry Program. Manometry, also called esophageal testing, is designed to assess whether the esophagus is working properly. It’s a 30-minute outpatient procedure that involves introducing a thin tube through the nose into the esophagus and stomach. Patients are asked to swallow liquid while esophageal contractions are recorded. This helps diagnose unique esophageal issues so the appropriate treatment can be offered.  

Dr. Sankineni and his team see patients from MedStar Franklin Square as well as individuals referred by other area providers. To learn more, call 443-777-2475.

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Location Information

For a physician referral, please call 855-546-0794.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Center for Digestive Disease
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

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Dr. Linda Rosenthal and Dr. John Covington also see patients in the Towson area at:
 
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