Esophageal Motility Disorder in Utah
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What exactly is esophageal motility disorder?
Esophageal motility disorder is a condition in which a patient's esophagus has problems moving food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. Esophageal motility disorder is also a group term for all swallowing disorders, which may include:
- Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter (LES)
- Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
- Diffuse esophageal spasm
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Nutcracker esophagus
As well as secondary esophageal motility disorders related to:
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
If you have trouble swallowing, it may be a result of this condition. Request a consultation at the nearest Utah Gastroenterology practice in your community for help. Our experienced gastroenterology providers treat and manage esophageal motility disorder for patients throughout Utah.
What are some of the causes of esophageal motility disorder?
Esophageal motility disorder does not occur as a result of any one root cause. The root causes are sure to be specific to the unique condition you have and typically include:
- Neuromuscular disorder
- Malignant or benign strictures
- Neurological abnormality
- Spasms of the esophagus
- Esophageal muscle weakness
What are some of the symptoms of esophageal motility disorder?
The following signs and symptoms are common in patients with esophageal motility disorder in Utah:
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Pain in the chest
- Chronic pneumonia
- The feeling of food getting stuck in your chest or neck
- Sub-optimal sleep
- Struggle with swallowing
- Unexplained reduction in weight
If you or someone you love deal with these symptoms, connect with your nearest Utah Gastroenterology location at your earliest convenience.
How is esophageal motility disorder treated?
A few of the standard treatments for esophageal motility disorder are:
- Lower esophageal balloon dilation to improve function of the abnormal obstructing sphincter
- Heller myotomy (the division of the esophageal sphincter muscle to permit passage of food)
- Botulinum toxin or Botox® injections in the areas suffering spasms
- Medications targeting muscle spasms
- Surgical intervention to allow the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to decrease the amount of pressure on the muscle
Clinical trials are consistently being carried out to research unique treatments and to improve upon treatments currently in practice. To discover even more about the treatment options for esophageal motility disorder in Utah, we encourage you to request an appointment with one of our gastroenterology providers.
Cutting-edge therapy for esophageal motility disorder
The board-certified providers at Utah Gastroenterology pride themselves on the work they do advancing care for esophageal motility disorder and numerous other ailments affecting the digestive tract. If you or someone you love is managing symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, please request a meeting with a local gastroenterology provider at Utah Gastroenterology as soon as you can. We work diligently to provide a patient-focused, personalized method for the management and treatment of esophageal motility disorder for Utah patients.
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