Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

Gastrointestinal motility disorders occur when digestive muscles do not move together properly. This can cause:

  • Achalasia: food does not easily empty into the stomach
  • Gastroparesis: slow stomach emptying
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pseudo-obstruction: disorders of gastric and intestinal motility that can be associated with all of the above in addition to distension, bloating, abdominal pain, malnutrition, and weight loss

Promotility agents and other drug therapies are used to regulate and coordinate the movements of the digestive system muscles when they aren’t functioning as they should.