Anal Manometry

What is anal manometry?

Anal manometry (ARM), or anorectal, is a 25-minute office test performed to evaluate chronic constipation or fecal incontinence. Anal manometry measures anal sphincter muscle pressures, rectal sensations, and the neural reflexes that are needed for normal bowel movements. It can diagnose many conditions and help to set a treatment plan.

How is it performed?

Before the ARM test is conducted, a rectal exam is performed first. During the ARM test, a catheter with a balloon is passed through the anus to the rectum. The balloon is then inflated and sensations and pressures are studied. You may be asked to squeeze or push the balloon out. Again, this test usually takes 25 minutes. Following the anal manometry, you will be able to return home immediately and there won’t be any downtime. After the results come back, Dr. Shelby Morrisroe will review them with you. This test will give Dr. Morrisroe more insight on what is causing your chronic constipation or fecal incontinence issues.

Schedule a free consultation in Torrance, California

Dr. Morrisroe is now accepting new patients and she can conduct an anorectal manometry from our office in Torrance. If you live in the South Bay and you are suffering from painful or embarrassing rectal issues, we can help. To get started, give us a call at (310) 542-0199 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.


*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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