Esophageal Motility Disorder in Texas
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What is esophageal motility disorder?
Esophageal motility disorder, also known as esophageal dysmotility, is a condition in which the muscles in the esophagus do not properly contract, and the esophagus can't transport food and liquids into your stomach. Esophageal motility disorder is also an umbrella term for swallowing disorders as a whole which may include the following, in addition to secondary disorders related to:
- Diffuse esophageal spasm
- Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
- Nutcracker esophagus
- Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
If you have difficulty with swallowing, it may be due to this condition. Request an appointment at the Texas Digestive Disease Consultants location in your area for help. Our experienced gastroenterologists commonly treat and manage esophageal motility disorder for individuals in Texas.
What are some of the causes of esophageal motility disorder?
There is no primary culprit for esophageal motility disorder. The causes are always unique to the unique condition you have, but most commonly include:
- Weakened esophageal muscles
- Spasms of the esophagus
- Neurological abnormality
- Malignant or benign strictures
- Neuromuscular problems
What are the symptoms of esophageal motility disorder?
A portion of the typical symptoms and signs of esophageal motility disorder in Texas individuals include:
- Loss of weight
- Low-quality sleep
- Recurring pneumonia
- Chest pain
- Struggle with swallowing
- Acid reflux and heartburn
- Feeling of anxiousness
- The sensation of food getting stuck in your neck or chest
If you or a loved one experience the above symptoms, contact a local Texas Digestive Disease Consultants location as soon as possible.
How is esophageal motility disorder treated?
The usual methods of treating esophageal motility disorder may include (but are not limited to):
- Botox® or botulinum toxin injections in the areas suffering spasms
- Heller myotomy (the division of the esophageal sphincter muscle to permit passage of food)
- Medications to treat muscle spasms
- Surgical intervention to allow the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to decrease pressure on the muscle
- Balloon dilation of the lower esophagus to improve the function of the abnormal obstructing sphincter
Clinical trials are conducted to discover new treatments and improve upon treatment types already in practice. To discover more about the treatment options for esophageal motility disorder in Texas, please reach out to one of our gastroenterology providers.
Cutting-edge research into esophageal motility disorder
The experts at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants work diligently to conduct research regarding esophageal motility disorder and numerous other problems affecting the gastrointestinal tract. If you or someone you love suffer from symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, then we urge you to request an appointment with a local GI provider at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants as soon as you can. Our providers aim to use a personalized, patient-focused philosophy to manage and treat esophageal motility disorder for Texas patients.
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