To understand motility disorders, it helps to first know how the
digestive tract works. The digestive tract has four main sections, each
with its own function.
The esophagus carries food from the mouth to
The stomach mixes food with digestive juices.
In the process, digested food takes on a liquid form.
The small intestine absorbs nutrients from the
The colon absorbs water from the digested food
and then eliminates undigestible residue from food in a bowel
Each digestive function depends on intricate movements that are
coordinated by muscles and nerves. These movements are collectively
referred to as motility. Impaired motility causes different
symptoms depending on the location of the problem. For example:
Abnormal motility of the esophagus can cause food to stick
(difficulty swallowing), regurgitation, heartburn, or chest
Abnormal motility in the colon can cause abdominal pain,
constipation, or diarrhea.
Why Choose Lankenau?
Lankenau Medical Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and
multidisciplinary treatment for patients with gastrointestinal motility
disorders. Our physician team
is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of:
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