Esophageal Motility (Difficulty Swallowing)

Your esophagus is the tube that contracts to move food and liquid from your mouth to your stomach. If the muscles in the esophagus don’t squeeze properly, it becomes harder for food to reach your stomach. This condition is known as an esophageal motility disorder. This disorder makes it difficult to swallow or causes food to come back up into your mouth, and may cause chest pain.


  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Pain behind the breastbone
  • Regurgitation of ingested food
  • Weight loss


  • Medication to relax muscle and prevent spasm
  • Treatment for severe acid reflux
  • Esophageal dilation
  • Surgery

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