Esophageal Motility Disorder in Denver, CO
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What is esophageal motility disorder?
Esophageal motility disorder (esophageal dysmotility) is a condition in which the musculature of the esophagus fails to contract. Therefore the esophagus cannot adequately deliver liquids or food into your stomach. Esophageal motility disorder is also a group term for all swallowing disorders which can include:
- Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Diffuse esophageal spasm
- Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
- Nutcracker esophagus
in addition to secondary esophageal motility disorders with some relation to:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
If you or a member of your family have to struggle to swallow, it could be due to this condition. Request a consultation with a Denver Digestive Health Specialists practice in your area for help. Our experienced gastroenterology providers commonly treat and manage esophageal motility disorder for individuals throughout Denver, CO.
What causes esophageal motility disorder?
There is no single, primary culprit for esophageal motility disorder. The causes are sure to be individual to the unique condition you have, and quite often include:
- Benign or malignant strictures
- Neuromuscular disorder
- Spasms of the esophagus
- Neurological abnormality
- Weak muscles in the esophagus
What are the symptoms of esophageal motility disorder?
A few of the typical symptoms and signs of esophageal motility disorder in Denver, CO patients include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Persistent pneumonia
- Acid reflux and heartburn
- Pain in one's chest
- Unexplained loss of weight
- Feeling of anxiousness
- Poor sleep
- The sensation of food blocking your chest or neck
If you or a loved one deal with the listed symptoms, get in touch with a local Denver Digestive Health Specialists clinic at your earliest convenience.
What are the treatments for esophageal motility disorder?
Some of the common methods of treating esophageal motility disorder may include:
- Surgical manipulation of the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to reduce pressure on the muscle
- Botox® or botulinum toxin injection in the areas of the spasm
- Muscle spasm medications
- Heller myotomy (the separation of the esophageal sphincter muscle to permit passage of food)
- Balloon dilation of the lower esophagus to disrupt the abnormal obstructing sphincter
Clinical trials are consistently performed to research unique treatments and improve upon treatment types currently being used. To hear even more regarding the treatment options for esophageal motility disorder in Denver, CO, we urge you to request an appointment with one of our gastroenterology providers.
Cutting-edge research regarding esophageal motility disorder
The Denver Digestive Health Specialists providers continue to perform research regarding esophageal motility disorder and many other problems that disrupt the GI system. If you are managing symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, we ask that you request an appointment with a local gastroenterologist at Denver Digestive Health Specialists as soon as possible. We use a personalized, patient-focused method to treat and manage esophageal motility disorder in Denver, CO patients.
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