Esophageal Motility Disorders Overview

The muscles in the wall of the esophagus contract and relax in an organized fashion to propel food from the mouth into the stomach. Esophageal motility disorders are diseases caused by abnormal esophageal muscle function.

Symptoms are typically evaluated by barium x-­ray studies or endoscopy. Further investigation may include an esophageal motility study, a procedure that to assess the motor or muscle function of the esophagus. During this procedure, a very thin, flexible tube is passed through the nose into the esophagus. The motor function of the esophagus can then be evaluated as the patient swallows.

Treatment options include dietary modifications and medications that work to promote appropriate esophageal muscle function.

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