Motility Disorders

Motility disorders include conditions where there is an impairment of the normal coordinated movements of the intestine which are important to the appropriate movement of food contents from the mouth, through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. Examples of motility disorders include disorders of the esophagus e.g. achalasia, scleroderma, severe reflux disease; stomach e.g. gastroparesis; small intestine and colon e.g. intestinal pseudo-obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, fecal incontinence. Although irritable bowel syndrome and constipation are common problems which can be managed by primary care physicians, internists and most gastroenterologists, patients with particularly intractable complaints may benefit from a consultation from an expert in motility disorders.