Gastric Motility Disorders

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Skill and Experience in Gastric Motility

Norton Healthcare’s gastroenterology specialists have training and experience to treat gastric motility disorders.

Our seven gastroenterologists are board-certified and fellowship-trained to treat conditions such as gastric motility. We have been trusted by Louisville and Southern Indiana for more than 30 years.

Gastric motility conditions affect the body’s ability to gradually move food through the digestive system.

Sophisticated Testing To Evaluate Your Digestive Health

Our specialists use manometry studies to evaluate your gastric motility.

If you have pain when swallowing, your physician may order a manometry study. Other tests can identify whether there is an obstruction or narrowing of your esophagus. Swallowing issues are more frequently the result of an obstruction in the esophagus, rather than a gastric motility disorder.

Manometry studies can help diagnose a number of esophageal conditions such as:

  • Achalasia – This is a rare condition in which the muscle at the end of the esophagus stays closed during swallowing and prevents food from entering the stomach.
  • Diffuse esophageal spasm – This rare swallowing problem is characterized by circular folds in the esophagus (sometimes called corkscrew esophagus) that result in poorly coordinated muscle contractions in your esophagus.
  • Scleroderma – This systemic disease can affect the digestive system’s motility. Scleroderma can cause the lower esophageal sphincter not to close properly. The result can lead to severe gastroesophageal reflux.

About Norton Healthcare Gastroenterology

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