Esophageal Motility Disorder in Thibodaux, LA

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Esophageal motility disorder, or esophageal dysmotility, is a condition where the musculature of your esophagus fails to contract and the esophagus is unable to properly transport food and liquids to the stomach. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as a group term for swallowing disorders as a whole, which can include:

  • Nutcracker esophagus
  • Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
  • Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter (LES)
  • Diffuse esophageal spasm
  • Achalasia
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)

and also secondary esophageal motility disorders related to:

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

If you or a family member have difficulty with swallowing, this condition could be the cause. Request a consultation at a Digestive Health Center location in your area for help. Our board-certified GI providers commonly treat and manage esophageal motility disorder for individuals in Thibodaux, LA.

There is not one primary cause for esophageal motility disorder. The root causes will be distinct to your condition, and typically includes:

  • Malignant or benign strictures
  • Esophageal muscle weakness
  • Neurological problems
  • Neuromuscular abnormality
  • Spasms of the esophagus

Symptoms will vary from case to case. Common symptoms of esophageal motility disorder in Thibodaux, LA patients include:

  • Regurgitation
  • Unexplained loss of weight
  • Feeling of anxiousness
  • Poor-quality sleep
  • Acid reflux and heartburn
  • Chronic pneumonia
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • The feeling of food getting stuck in your chest or neck
  • Pain in the chest


The treatment plan your provider selects will be specialized for you. The most common treatments for esophageal motility disorder can include:

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

Our providers aim to be aware of the clinical trials being performed to discover new treatments and to improve the types of treatments that are currently available.

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At Digestive Health Center, our specialists work diligently to perform research surrounding esophageal motility disorder and innumerable other problems that impact the gastrointestinal tract. If you or someone you love suffers from symptoms like difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, regurgitation, and chest pain, then we encourage you to request a consultation with a local gastroenterologist at your nearest Digestive Health Center location. Our specialists aim to provide a compassionate and patient-centric philosophy to the management and treatment of esophageal motility disorder for Thibodaux, LA patients.

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