Esophageal Motility Disorder in San Antonio, TX
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What is esophageal motility disorder?
Esophageal motility disorder, or esophageal dysmotility, is the condition where the musculature of the esophagus fails to contract and the esophagus is unable to sufficiently transport food and liquids to your stomach. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as a group term for swallowing disorders which could include:
- Diffuse esophageal spasm
- Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
- Nutcracker esophagus
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
Secondary esophageal motility disorders may be related to:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
If you or someone you love is struggling to swallow, it may be due to this condition. Request a consultation at a San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates location near you for help. Our experienced gastroenterologists routinely treat and manage esophageal motility disorder for patients throughout San Antonio, TX.
What causes esophageal motility disorder?
There is not one individual cause of esophageal motility disorder. The sources are always unique to the specific condition you deal with, but most commonly include:
- Neuromuscular abnormality
- Spasms in the esophagus
- Neurological abnormality
- Malignant or benign strictures
- Esophageal muscle weakness
For assistance in determining what might be causing your esophageal motility disorder, request a consultation with a GI specialist at a San Antonio, TX location today.
What are common symptoms of esophageal motility disorder?
Common symptoms and signs of esophageal motility disorder in San Antonio, TX individuals are:
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Pain in one's chest
- Feeling of anxiousness
- Persistent pneumonia
- Sub-optimal sleep
- Weight loss
- Trouble with swallowing
- The sensation of food getting stuck in your neck or chest
If you or a loved one experience any of the above-listed symptoms, call your nearest San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates location as soon as possible.
How is esophageal motility disorder treated?
The typical treatments for esophageal motility disorder may include (but are not limited to):
- Lower esophageal balloon dilation to disrupt the abnormal obstructing sphincter
- Surgical manipulation of the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to reduce pressure on the muscle
- Heller myotomy (the division of the esophageal sphincter muscle to allow passage of food)
- Botox® or botulinum toxin injections in the areas suffering spasms
- Medications to treat muscle spasms
Clinical trials are constantly being done to identify unique types of treatment and to improve upon treatments that are already in practice. To learn more regarding the types of treatments available for esophageal motility disorder in San Antonio, TX we encourage you to connect with one of our gastroenterology providers in your community.
Cutting-edge research into esophageal motility disorder
The specialists at San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates work diligently to carry out research surrounding esophageal motility disorder and numerous other conditions that impact the digestive tract. If you are suffering from symptoms such as acid reflux, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and regurgitation, we ask that you request a consultation with a local gastroenterologist at your nearest San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates location as soon as you can. We take a compassionate and patient-centric approach to the treatment and management of esophageal motility disorder for San Antonio, TX patients and look forward to helping you improve your health.
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