Esophageal Motility Disorder in Denver, CO

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Esophageal motility disorder, also referred to as esophageal dysmotility, is where the musculature of the esophagus fails to contract and therefore the esophagus is unable to sufficiently transport food and liquids into the stomach. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as an umbrella term for swallowing disorders as a whole which can include:

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

As well as secondary esophageal motility disorders related to:

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

If you have difficulty swallowing, it could be a result of esophageal motility disorder. Request a consultation at a Colorado Gastroenterology location near you for help. Our experienced gastroenterology providers routinely treat and manage esophageal motility disorder for individuals throughout Denver, CO.

There is not one individual culprit for esophageal motility disorder. The causes are sure to be unique to the distinct condition you deal with and usually include:

  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Benign or malignant strictures
  • Neurological abnormality
  • Weakened esophageal muscles

A sample of the usual signs and symptoms of esophageal motility disorder in Denver, CO individuals are:

  • Feeling of anxiousness
  • Persistent pneumonia
  • Regurgitation
  • Poor-quality sleep
  • The feeling of food blocking your neck or chest
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Trouble with swallowing
  • Pain in one's chest

If you, or someone you love, deal with the above-listed symptoms, get in touch with a local Colorado Gastroenterology location as soon as possible.

The common treatments for esophageal motility disorder can include (but are not limited to):

  • Muscle spasm medications
  • Surgical manipulation of the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to reduce pressure on the muscle
  • Lower esophageal balloon dilation to disrupt the abnormal obstructing sphincter
  • Heller myotomy (the division of the esophageal sphincter muscle to allow passage of food)
  • Botulinum toxin or Botox® injection in the areas suffering spasms

Clinical trials are consistently being conducted to find new treatments and to improve upon types of treatment that currently being used. To discover even more about the types of treatment for esophageal motility disorder in Denver, CO, we encourage you to request an appointment with one of our gastroenterology specialists.

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The providers at Colorado Gastroenterology work diligently to conduct research into esophageal motility disorder and numerous other diseases that affect the gastrointestinal system. If you are dealing with symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, we urge you to request a meeting with a local gastroenterology provider at Colorado Gastroenterology as soon as possible. Our providers aim to use
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