Intestinal Dysmotility Treated by Mercy GI Specialists

Dr. Bryan Curtin - Digestive Health & Liver Disease - Mercy Medical Center - Baltimore

The expert gastroenterologists of The Center for Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility at Mercy provide diagnosis and treatment for a range of digestive conditions, including intestinal dysmotility.

About the Condition

Intestinal dysmotility is a condition that impairs the muscles of the intestines, which may struggle with contractions, coordination of movement and speed. Food can become trapped in the large or small intestines when the muscles fail to contract and move food through the intestines.

Intestinal dysmotility is often associated with other diseases and conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, thyroid disorders, celiac disease and muscular dystrophies. Certain medications and treatments such as radiation also have been known to cause intestinal dysmotility. 

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

People who suffer from intestinal dysmotility can have no symptoms or suffer from the following: 

  • Bloating or distention
  • Recurring constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping in the abdomen
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Sudden weight loss

Your physician can diagnose intestinal dysmotility through blood tests, barium X-rays, biopsies and intestinal motility tests.

 

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Treatment Options

Possible treatment options for intestinal dysmotility include: 

  • Treating the underlying disease or condition
  • Medication to improve muscle contraction
  • Change of diet
  • Surgery in extreme cases

Our physicians have extensive experience with intestinal dysmotility and can uncover the underlying issue to determine the most appropriate treatment method.