Esophageal Motility Disorder in Florida

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Esophageal motility disorder, also called esophageal dysmotility, is an issue that occurs when the musculature in the esophagus cannot properly contract and thus cannot easily move liquids and food to the stomach. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as a group term for swallowing disorders as a whole, which might include:

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

There are also several secondary esophageal motility disorders related to:

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

If you or someone you love has trouble swallowing, it could be due to this condition. Request a consultation at a Gastroenterology Associates of Florida location near you for help. Our skilled gastroenterology providers routinely manage and treat esophageal motility disorder for individuals throughout Florida.

There is no singular root cause for esophageal dysmotility. The source of your disorder will be unique to the specific condition you are diagnosed with, but they usually include:

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

The typical signs of esophageal motility disorder in Florida patients include (but are not limited to):

  • Pain in the chest
  • Loss of weight
  • Feeling of anxiousness
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • The sensation of food blocking your chest or neck
  • Chronic pneumonia
  • Regurgitation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Poor-quality sleep

If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, call the providers at your local Gastroenterology Associates of Florida clinic immediately.

When it comes to treating esophageal motility disorder, the most commonly employed methods may include:

  • Botulinum toxin or Botox® injection in the areas of the spasm
  • Surgical manipulation of the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to decrease the amount of pressure on the muscle
  • Lower esophageal balloon dilation to improve the function of the abnormal obstructing sphincter
  • Heller myotomy (the separation of the esophageal sphincter muscle to allow passage of food)
  • Medications targeting muscle spasms

Clinical trials are constantly being conducted to test groundbreaking treatments and to improve upon treatments that already exist. To hear more in regard to the treatment options for esophageal motility disorder in Florida, we urge you to reach out to one of our board-certified gastroenterologists.

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The GI specialists at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida continue to carry out research into new ways to treat gastrointestinal ailments like esophageal motility disorder. If you or someone you love are managing symptoms such as acid reflux, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and regurgitation, please request a consultation with a local GI physician like ours immediately. Our providers follow a compassionate and patient-centric philosophy regarding the care and management of esophageal motility disorder for Florida patients.

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