Esophageal Motility Disorder With GastroMed Connect

What is esophageal motility disorder?

Esophageal motility disorder, also referred to as esophageal dysmotility, is a condition in which the muscles in your esophagus fail to contract and the esophagus does not sufficiently deliver food and liquids into your stomach. Esophageal motility disorder is also a group term for all swallowing disorders, which can include:

  • Diffuse esophageal spasm
  • Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
  • Achalasia
  • Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
  • Nutcracker esophagus
  • Dysphagia, blockage of the esophagus or difficulty swallowing

and also secondary esophageal motility disorders with some relation to:

  • Scleroderma
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Mellitus

If you have to struggle to swallow, it may be due to this condition. Request a consultation at a GastroMed Connect location near you for help. Our board-certified GI providers routinely manage and treat esophageal motility disorder for individuals throughout Kyle, TX.

What causes esophageal motility disorder?

There is no single, primary cause of esophageal motility disorder. The root cause will be specific to the unique condition you deal with, but most commonly include:

  • Neuromuscular abnormality
  • Neurological abnormality
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Weak muscles in the esophagus
  • Benign or malignant strictures

To determine what might be causing your esophageal motility disorder, contact a GastroMed Connect provider near you for a personalized consultation.

What are the symptoms of esophageal motility disorder?

Some of the common signs and symptoms of esophageal motility disorder in Kyle, TX individuals include:

  • Loss of weight
  • Feeling of anxiousness
  • Regurgitation
  • Sub-optimal sleep
  • Struggle with swallowing
  • Pain in one’s chest
  • Acid reflux and heartburn
  • Chronic pneumonia
  • The sensation of food blocking your neck or chest

If you or a loved one deal with the listed symptoms, get in touch with a local GastroMed Connect clinic as soon as possible.

How is esophageal motility disorder treated?

Some of the most common methods for treating esophageal motility disorder could include (but are not limited to):

  • Balloon dilation of the lower esophagus to improve the function of the abnormal obstructing sphincter
  • Botulinum toxin or Botox® injection in the areas of the spasm
  • Medications targeting muscle spasms
  • Surgical manipulation of the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to decrease pressure on the muscle
  • Heller myotomy (the separation of the esophageal sphincter muscle to permit passage of food)

Clinical trials are constantly being conducted to research unique treatments and to increase the efficacy of treatments that are currently in practice. To learn even more regarding the types of treatments available for esophageal motility disorder in Kyle, TX we encourage you to reach out to one of our board-certified gastroenterologists in your community.