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Dig Dis. 2006;24(3-4):228-42.

Gastrointestinal motility disorders: an update.

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Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA. brian.lacy@hitchcock.org

Abstract

Gastrointestinal motility disorders encompass a wide array of signs and symptoms that can occur anywhere throughout the luminal gastrointestinal tract. Motility disorders are often chronic in nature and dramatically affect patients' quality of life. These prevalent disorders cause a tremendous impact both to the individual patient and to society as a whole. Significant progress has been made over the last 5 years in understanding the etiology and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal motility disorders. This clinical update will focus on seven of the most common gastrointestinal motility disorders (achalasia, non-achalasia esophageal motility disorders, dyspepsia, gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic constipation) with an emphasis on current treatment options and new therapeutic modalities.

PMID:
16849850
DOI:
10.1159/000092876
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