Esophageal Motility Disorder in Tulsa, OK

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Esophageal motility disorder, also called esophageal dysmotility, is a condition when the musculature of the esophagus fails to contract; therefore, the esophagus is unable to properly transport food and liquids into the stomach. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as an umbrella term for different swallowing disorders that can include:

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

It can also include secondary esophageal motility disorders like:

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

If you or a loved one are struggling to swallow, it could be a result of an esophageal motility disorder. Contact an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location in your area for help. Our skilled GI providers manage and treat esophageal motility disorder for patients in Tulsa, OK.

There is no one cause for esophageal motility disorder. The causes are always relative to the certain condition you are diagnosed with, and usually include:

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

Each individual could experience a different combination of symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms seen in Tulsa, OK patients are:

  • Regurgitation
  • Trouble with swallowing
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • The sensation of food getting stuck in your neck or chest
  • Pain in the chest
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of weight
  • Acid reflux and heartburn
  • Poor-quality sleep

If you are experiencing any of the above listed symptoms, please reach out to a local Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to request a consultation today.

Our GI providers will work with you to find the best treatment for you. Some of the common treatments for esophageal motility disorder could include:

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

Clinical trials are consistently being performed to find unique treatments and to improve upon treatments that are already in practice. To discover more regarding the treatment options for esophageal motility disorder in Tulsa, OK, please connect with one of our gastroenterologists.

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The specialists at Adult Gastroenterology Associates work diligently to research new treatments for esophageal motility disorder, as well as a plethora of other conditions that affect the GI system. If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, or chest pain, then we recommend requesting a consultation at a location near you. We proudly offer patient-centric methods for the management and treatment of esophageal motility disorder for Tulsa, OK patients.

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