Esophageal Motility Disorder in Ocean Springs, MS

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Esophageal motility disorder, or esophageal dysmotility, is a condition in which the muscles in your esophagus fail to contract, resulting in the esophagus being unable to transport food and liquids into the stomach properly. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as an umbrella term for all swallowing disorders, which can include:

  • Achalasia
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
  • Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
  • Nutcracker esophagus
  • Diffuse esophageal spasm

In addition to secondary esophageal motility disorders with some relation to:

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

If you or a family member have difficulty swallowing, it may be due to esophageal motility disorder. Request a consultation with a Digestive Health Center practice near you for help. Our skilled gastroenterology providers routinely treat and manage esophageal motility disorder for individuals throughout Ocean Springs, MS.

There is not one individual cause of esophageal motility disorder. The sources will be particular to the unique condition you have but often include:

  • Neurological disorder
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Esophageal muscle weakness
  • Benign or malignant strictures
  • Spasms of the esophagus

Some of the usual symptoms and signs of esophageal motility disorder in Ocean Springs, MS patients include:

  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Trouble with swallowing
  • Sub-optimal sleep
  • Anxiety
  • The sensation of food blocking your chest or neck

If you experience the listed symptoms, call a local Digestive Health Center clinic at your earliest convenience.

The standard methods for treating esophageal motility disorder might include the following:

  • Medications targeting muscle spasms
  • Lower esophageal balloon dilation to disrupt the abnormal obstructing sphincter
  • Botulinum toxin or Botox® injections in the areas suffering 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 allow passage of food)

Clinical trials are continually being carried out to test groundbreaking treatment types and increase the efficacy of existing treatments. To hear more about the treatment options for esophageal motility disorder in Ocean Springs, MS, we urge you to request an appointment with one of our gastroenterology providers near you.

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The experts at Digestive Health Center work diligently to perform research regarding esophageal motility disorder and numerous other diseases that affect the digestive tract. If you or someone you love are struggling with symptoms like difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, we encourage you to request a consultation with a local gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Center as soon as possible. Our providers work diligently to use a patient-centric and compassionate philosophy in the management and care of esophageal motility disorder for Ocean Springs, MS patients.

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