Esophageal Motility Disorder in Arizona
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What is esophageal motility disorder?
Esophageal motility disorder, also known as esophageal dysmotility, is a condition where the muscles of your esophagus fail to contract and the esophagus does not deliver liquids or food into your stomach properly. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as a group term for swallowing disorders as a whole which might include:
- Dysphagia: blockage of the esophagus or difficulty swallowing
- Diffuse esophageal spasm
- Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
- Nutcracker esophagus
- Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
and also secondary esophageal motility disorders with some relation to:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
If you or a family member have difficulty swallowing, it may result from esophageal motility disorder. Request a consultation at an Arizona Digestive Health location near you for help. Our board-certified gastroenterologists manage and treat esophageal motility disorder for individuals in Phoenix, AZ.
What are some of the causes of esophageal motility disorder?
There is no single, primary cause for esophageal motility disorder. The causes are always unique to the specific condition you suffer from, and often include:
- Esophageal spasms
- Neurological disorder
- Weakened esophageal muscles
- Neuromuscular problems
- Benign or malignant strictures
What are the symptoms of esophageal motility disorder?
Examples of specific signs and symptoms of esophageal motility disorder in Phoenix, AZ patients are:
- Poor-quality sleep
- The feeling of food getting stuck in your chest or neck
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Feeling of anxiousness
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
- Struggle with swallowing
- Persistent pneumonia
If you suffer from the above-listed symptoms, contact a local Arizona Digestive Health location immediately.
What are the treatments for esophageal motility disorder?
Some of the common methods for treating esophageal motility disorder might include (but are not limited to):
- Botox® or botulinum toxin injection in the areas of the spasm
- Muscle spasm medications
- Lower esophageal balloon dilation to improve the function of the abnormal obstructing sphincter
- Heller myotomy (the separation of the esophageal sphincter muscle to allow food to pass through)
- Surgical manipulation of the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to decrease pressure on the muscle
Clinical trials are continually being done to find groundbreaking types of treatment and to increase the efficacy of treatments that are already in practice. To learn more about the types of treatment available for esophageal motility disorder in Phoenix, AZ, we urge you to reach out to one of our Arizona Digestive Health gastroenterology providers.
Cutting-edge research regarding esophageal motility disorder
The specialists at Arizona Digestive Health continue to research esophageal motility disorder and many other problems that involve the gastrointestinal system. If you or someone you love are managing symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, we encourage you to request a consultation with a local GI provider at Arizona Digestive Health as soon as possible. Our providers strive to use a personalized, patient-focused philosophy in the management and treatment of esophageal motility disorder for Phoenix, AZ individuals.
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