Motility disorders involve abnormal contractions of the esophagus, stomach or intestines and can be applied to any location within the digestive tract, from the esophagus to the rectum.

Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, indigestion, weight loss, constipation, diarrhea and incontinence.

Motility disorders may include the following conditions:

  • Achalasia
  • Barrett's Syndrome
  • Biliary dyskinesia
  • Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIP)
  • Colonic inertia
  • Constipation
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS)
  • Diarrhea
  • Diffuse esophageal spasm (DES)
  • Dumping syndrome
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • Encopresis
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Functional bowel outlet obstruction
  • Functional fecal retention
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gastropathy
  • Hirschprung's Disease (HD)
  • Hypercontractile motility
  • Hypermotility
  • Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincte
  • Hypomotility
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ischemia
  • Megacolon
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Small bowel bacterial overgrowth
  • Small bowel intestinal motility disorder
  • Superior mesenteric artery syndrome
  • Volvulus


Diagnosis depends upon the type of disorder, its severity and the symptoms.


Treatment depends upon the type of disorder, its severity and the symptoms.

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