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Motility Disorders

At Boston Medical Center, our specialists will treat your esophageal conditions, such as motility disorders, with the compassion and expertise for which we are known.

What are Motility Disorders?

When you swallow, food travels down the esophagus by a series of muscular contractions called peristalsis. At the bottom of the esophagus is a muscular valve (the lower esophageal sphincter or LES) that opens to allow food to enter the stomach and then closes to prevent regurgitation of stomach contents back into the esophagus. Motility disorders occur when this process is disrupted. They are more common in men and women older than age 50.

Motility disorders include:

What are the Symptoms of Motility Disorders?

Symptoms vary, and may include:

What are the Causes?

The causes of motility disorders are not completely understood, but researchers think infections and family history play a role.

How are motility disorders diagnosed?
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