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Esophageal Motility Disorder in Illinois

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Esophageal motility disorder, also called esophageal dysmotility, is where the muscles in the esophagus fail to contract. As a result, the esophagus does not properly deliver liquids or food into your stomach. Esophageal motility disorder is also an umbrella term for swallowing disorders as a whole which could include:

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

This also include secondary esophageal motility disorders related to:

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

If you or a family member have trouble swallowing, it might be due to esophageal motility disorder. Request an appointment a GI Alliance of Illinois location in your community for help. Our board-certified GI providers commonly manage and treat esophageal motility disorder for patients throughout Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Bloomington, IL.

There is not one individual source for esophageal motility disorder. The root causes are sure to be individual to the distinct condition you deal with, but typically include:

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

For more information on some of the causes of this disorder, please request a consultation with our team of GI providers at GI Alliance of Illinois at our Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, and Bloomington, IL locations.

A portion of the typical signs and symptoms of esophageal motility disorder in Illinois individuals are:

  • Struggle with swallowing
  • The sensation of food getting stuck in your neck or chest
  • Sub-optimal sleep
  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Weight loss
  • Acid reflux and heartburn
  • Feeling of anxiousness
  • Chronic pneumonia

If you or a loved one suffer from the above-listed symptoms in Chicago, IL, connect with GI Alliance of Illinois at your earliest convenience.

Some of the typical methods for treating esophageal motility disorder in Illinois may 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
  • Botox® or botulinum toxin injections in the areas suffering spasms
  • Heller myotomy (the separation of the esophageal sphincter muscle to allow food to pass through)
  • Medications to treat muscle spasms
  • Lower esophageal balloon dilation to disrupt the abnormal obstructing sphincter

Clinical trials are continually being done to test new types of treatment and to increase the efficacy of treatments that are already in practice. To hear more regarding the treatment options for esophageal motility disorder, request a meeting with one of our GI providers at GI Alliance of Illinois.

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The team of experts at GI Alliance of Illinois works diligently to test research concerning esophageal motility disorder. They do this in for esophageal motility disorder as well as for numerous other diseases that affect the digestive tract. If you are managing symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, then we encourage you to request a meeting with a local GI provider at GI Alliance of Illinois. Our providers apply a patient-focused, personalized philosophy to the management and care of esophageal motility disorder for Illinois patients.

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