Esophageal Motility Disorder in New Orleans, LA

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Esophageal motility disorder, also referred to as esophageal dysmotility, is the condition where the musculature of the esophagus does not properly contract and the esophagus is unable to adequately deliver food and liquids to the stomach. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as an umbrella term for all swallowing disorders which can include:

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

As well as secondary esophageal motility disorders with some relation to:

  • Scleroderma
  • GERD
  • Mellitus
  • Diabetes

If you or someone you love has difficulty with swallowing, it could be a result of an esophageal motility disorder. Request an appointment with a Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates practice in your community for help. Our board-certified GI providers treat and manage esophageal motility disorder for individuals throughout New Orleans, LA.

There is no single root cause for esophageal motility disorder. The root causes are sure to be individual to the specific condition you deal with, but most commonly include:

  • Neurological disorders
  • Spasms in the esophagus
  • Neuromuscular abnormalities
  • Benign or malignant strictures
  • Weakened esophageal muscles

Some of the commonly reported signs and symptoms of esophageal motility disorder in New Orleans, LA individuals are:

  • Feeling of anxiousness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Sub-optimal sleep
  • Regurgitation
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Trouble with swallowing
  • Pain in one's chest
  • The feeling of food getting stuck in your neck or chest

If you or someone you love is struggling with the listed symptoms, get in touch with a local Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates clinic as soon as possible.

Some of the usual treatments for esophageal motility disorder may include (but are not limited to):

  • Medications targeting muscle spasms
  • Botulinum toxin or Botox® injections in the affected areas
  • Heller myotomy (the division of the esophageal sphincter muscle to allow food to pass through)
  • Surgical manipulation of the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to decrease the amount of pressure on the muscle
  • Balloon dilation of the lower esophagus to improve the function of the abnormal obstructing sphincter

Clinical trials are constantly being performed to identify novel treatments and to improve upon treatments that are already in practice. To discover more about the treatment options available for esophageal motility disorder in New Orleans, LA, speak with your gastroenterology specialist.

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The specialists at Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates work diligently to test research surrounding esophageal motility disorder in addition to innumerable other diseases that trouble the GI system. If you suffer from symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, then please request a consultation with a gastroenterologist at a local Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates as soon as possible. We strive to apply a patient-centric and compassionate approach to the management and treatment of esophageal motility disorder for New Orleans, LA patients.

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