Gastrointestinal motility disorders affect the how the body moves food through the gastrointestinal tract. In this handout, you will learn about common types of motility disorders and symptoms. You will also learn about different types of motility testing.
Dysphagia is a term that means "difficulty swallowing." It is the inability of food or liquids to pass easily from the mouth, into the throat, and down into the esophagus to the stomach during the process of swallowing.
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The Pediatric Feeding Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children diagnoses and treats feeding and swallowing disorders, or dysphagia, in infants, toddlers, children and adolescents.
The Department of Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders and Reading Disabilities at MassGeneral Hospital for Children diagnoses and treats children and adolescents with speech, language, reading and swallowing impairments and disorders.
The Pediatric Surgery service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is an international referral center for the complete spectrum of general and thoracic pediatric and neonatal surgical services.
The Swallowing and Heartburn Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center provides both primary treatment and second opinion evaluations for throat, esophagus and stomach disorders.
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used by the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center to diagnose conditions in the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine.
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