Esophageal Motility Disorder in Connecticut
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What is esophageal motility disorder?
Esophageal motility disorder, or esophageal dysmotility, is the condition wherein the musculature of your esophagus fails to contract, and the esophagus does not properly transport liquids or food to the stomach. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as an umbrella term for all swallowing disorders, which could include:
- Nutcracker esophagus
- Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
- Diffuse esophageal spasm
- Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
In addition to secondary esophageal motility disorders with some relation to:
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
If you or someone you love have trouble swallowing, it could be a result of esophageal motility disorder. Request an appointment at a Connecticut GI location in your community for help. Our board-certified gastroenterologists commonly manage and treat esophageal motility disorder for patients in Connecticut.
What causes esophageal motility disorder?
There is not one individual cause for esophageal motility disorder. The root causes are always unique to the distinct condition you are diagnosed with but typically include:
- Weak muscles in the esophagus
- Benign or malignant strictures
- Neuromuscular abnormality
- Neurological problems
- Spasms of the esophagus
What are the common symptoms of esophageal motility disorder?
There are several signs of an esophageal motility disorder. A few of the common symptoms and signs that Connecticut patients may exhibit include:
- Poor-quality sleep
- Pain in the chest
- Struggle with swallowing
- Chronic pneumonia
- The sensation of food blocking your chest or neck
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Weight loss
If you or someone you love suffer from the listed symptoms, call a local Connecticut GI location immediately.
How is esophageal motility disorder treated?
The typical methods for treating esophageal motility disorder may include (but are not limited to):
- Surgical manipulation of the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to reduce pressure on the muscle
- Heller myotomy (the division of the esophageal sphincter muscle to permit food to pass through)
- BOTOX® or botulinum toxin injections in the areas of the spasm
- Muscle spasm medications
- Lower esophageal balloon dilation to improve the function of the abnormal obstructing sphincter
Clinical trials are consistently being conducted to identify novel treatments and to improve upon treatments that are already in practice. To learn more in regard to the types of treatment for esophageal motility disorder in Connecticut, we urge you to connect with one of our gastroenterologists.
Cutting-edge research into esophageal motility disorder
The experts at Connecticut GI work diligently to test research about esophageal motility disorder and other conditions that impact the digestive tract. If you are suffering from symptoms such as acid reflux, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and regurgitation, then we urge you to request an appointment with a local gastroenterology provider at Connecticut GI immediately. We work diligently to provide a patient-centric and compassionate approach to treating and managing esophageal motility disorder for Connecticut patients.
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