Esophageal Motility Disorder in Dallas, TX
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What is esophageal motility disorder?
In many individuals, swallowing can be a problematic condition stemming from a range of underlying conditions. Esophageal motility disorder, also called esophageal dysmotility, is where the musculature of the esophagus fails to contract and the esophagus is unable to properly deliver food and liquids to the stomach. Esophageal motility disorder is also an umbrella term for all swallowing disorders which may include:
- Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
- Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
- Dysphagia blockage of the esophagus or difficulty swallowing
- Diffuse esophageal spasm
- Nutcracker esophagus
in addition to secondary esophageal motility disorders related to:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
If you or a loved one have trouble swallowing, it could be a result of esophageal motility disorder. Request a consultation a Digestive Health Associates of Texas location in your community for help. Our experienced gastroenterology providers routinely treat and manage esophageal motility disorder for our patients in Dallas, TX.
What are some of the causes of esophageal motility disorder?
There is no single root cause for esophageal motility disorder. The causes will be individual to the particular condition you suffer from, and ususally include, but are not limited to:
- Esophageal spasms
- Neuromuscular abnormality
- Weakened esophageal muscles
- Benign or malignant strictures
- Neurological problems
What are some of the symptoms of esophageal motility disorder?
A few of the most common symptoms and signs with esophageal motility disorder in Dallas, TX individuals include:
- Anxiety, especially when triggered by eating
- The sensation of food blocking your chest or neck
- Unexplained weight loss
- Recurrent pneumonia
- Acid reflux and heartburn
- Sub-optimal sleep
- Trouble with swallowing
- Pain in one's chest
If you experience these symptoms, contact your local Digestive Health Associates of Texas clinic at your earliest convenience.
How is esophageal motility disorder treated?
Some of the most common methods for treating esophageal motility disorder might include (but are not limited to):
- Surgical manipulation of the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to reduce the amount of pressure on the muscle
- Heller myotomy (the separation of the esophageal sphincter muscle to permit passage of food)
- Muscle spasm medications
- Botulinum toxin or BOTOX® injections in the areas suffering spasms
- Balloon dilation of the lower esophagus to disrupt the abnormal obstructing sphincter
Clinical trials are consistently being done to identify new types of treatment and to increase efficacy of types of treatment that are already in existence. To learn more about the types of treatment for esophageal motility disorder in Dallas, TX, we encourage you to request a meeting with one of our gastroenterology providers.
Cutting-edge research into esophageal motility disorder
The experts at Digestive Health Associates of Texas work diligently to conduct research regarding esophageal motility disorder in addition to many other diseases that can trouble the gastrointestinal tract. If you or someone you love are dealing with the symptoms described above such as acid reflux, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and regurgitation, we urge you to request a meeting with a local gastroenterology provider at Digestive Health Associates of Texas as soon as you can. We aim to apply a personalized, patient-focused philosophy to the care and management of esophageal motility disorder for all of our Dallas, TX patients.
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