Esophageal Motility Disorder in Hattiesburg, MS

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Esophageal motility disorder, also known as esophageal dysmotility, is where the musculature of your esophagus fails to contract and the esophagus cannot properly deliver food and liquids to the stomach. Esophageal motility disorder is also a group term for swallowing disorders as a whole which can include:

  • Diffuse esophageal spasm
  • Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
  • Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
  • Nutcracker esophagus
  • Achalasia
  • Dysphagia: blockage of the esophagus or difficulty swallowing

And also secondary esophageal motility disorders with some relation to:

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

If you or a family member struggle when swallowing, it might be due to this condition. Contact a Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC location in your community for help. Our board-certified GI providers commonly manage and treat esophageal motility disorder for individuals throughout Hattiesburg, MS.

There is no single, primary root cause for esophageal motility disorder. The cause will be specific to the particular condition you deal with, but commonly include:

  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Weakened esophageal muscles
  • Malignant or benign strictures
  • Neurological disorder
  • Spasms of the esophagus

If you are suffering from esophageal motility disorder in Hattiesburg, MS, it is always best to consult with a provider near you to determine what is causing your condition so that a customized treatment plan can be created to best meet your individualized needs.

Some of the typical symptoms and signs associated with esophageal motility disorder in Hattiesburg, MS individuals are:

  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Feeling of anxiousness
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of weight
  • Sub-optimal sleep
  • Struggle with swallowing
  • Regurgitation
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • The sensation of food getting stuck in your chest or neck

If you or a loved one experience the above-listed symptoms, connect with a local Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC location immediately.

The common methods of treating esophageal motility disorder can include (but are not limited to):

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

Clinical trials are continually being carried out to identify new and innovative types of treatment and to increase the efficacy of treatments that are already being used. To discover more about treatment options for esophageal motility disorder in Hattiesburg, MS, we urge you to request a consultation with one of our board-certified gastroenterologists at a Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC location close to you.

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The specialists at Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC work diligently to test research regarding esophageal motility disorder as well as numerous other diseases that trouble the gastrointestinal tract. If you are struggling with symptoms, like difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, then we encourage you to request a consultation with one of our knowledgeable gastroenterologists as soon as you can. Our providers work diligently to apply
a personalized, patient-focused philosophy to the management and treatment of esophageal motility disorder for Hattiesburg, MS patients.

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