What Is a Motility Disorder?
Motility disorders occur in the upper and lower sections of the digestive tract. They include:
- Achalasia: Occurs when the esophagus cannot move correctly, leading to food backing up into the esophagus. This causes swallowing difficulties and vomiting.
- Gastroparesis: A delay of food moving from the stomach into the intestines. This can cause severe nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and weight loss.
- Pseudo-Obstruction: Can be caused by slow movement of the small intestines, leading to abdominal distention and difficulties with eating.
- Chronic Constipation: When a child's inability to have regular bowel movements is severe, blocks can form and can cause them to leak stool.
Our team of doctors is actively collecting data, especially about lower digestive-tract conditions such as chronic constipation, to share with other experts and improve available treatments.