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Topic: Motility

  1. Brochure, Fact Sheet: Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders of the Esophagus and Stomach

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    By: William E. Whitehead, PhD

    This article reviews disorders caused by abnormal motility in the gastrointestinal tract (including GERD, dysphagia, functional chest pain, gastroparesis, and dyspepsia) and their characteristic symptoms, such as food sticking, pain, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.

    Also available offline as a glossy color brochure (3.5" x 8.5"). Contact IFFGD for details.

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  2. Brochure, Fact Sheet: Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction

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    By: Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Your child has been diagnosed as having intestinal pseudo-obstruction or some other form of chronic gastrointestinal motility disorder. This brochure has been written to help you understand these disorders and the effects they may have on your child.

    Also available offline as a glossy color brochure (3.5" x 8.5"). Contact IFFGD for details.

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  3. Brochure: Hirschsprung's Disease

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    By: Jacob C. Langer, MD; International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders IFFGD

    This fact sheet was written to answer questions about Hirschsprung's disease, treatment, surgery, and follow up.

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  4. Fact Sheet: Gut Motility: In Health and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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    By: John E. Kellow, MD

    What are normal movements (motility) of the digestive tract? How may altered motility lead to symptoms? Disorders affecting the motility of the digestive tract may be self-limiting, occurring only for a brief period as in acute infection of the digestive tract causing diarrhea. They can also be more longstanding and persistent as in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is associated with a variety of symptoms, particularly abdominal pain and an irregular bowel habit.

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  5. Fact Sheet: Constipation, Colonic Inertia, and Colonic Marker Studies

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    By: Eli D. Ehrenpreis, MD

    Constipation is a common symptom. Treatment for constipation often includes lifestyle modifications such as increasing fluid intake, consuming more fiber, and exercising regularly. At times, the symptom of constipation can represent serious medical illnesses such as hypothyroidism or diabetes. Structural abnormalities of the colon, like colonic strictures or other diseases of the colon or rectum, may also cause constipation. It is therefore advisable to report constipation to your physician if it is persistent or difficult to manage. Tests and treatment are described.

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  6. Fact Sheet: Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders of the Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Rectum, and Pelvic Floor

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    By: William E. Whitehead, PhD

    The gastrointestinal tract is divided into four distinct parts that are separated by sphincter muscles; these four regions have distinctly different functions to perform and different patterns of motility (contractions). Abnormal motility or abnormal sensitivity in any part of the gastrointestinal tract can cause characteristic symptoms: food sticking, pain, or heartburn in the esophagus; nausea and vomiting in the stomach; pain and bloating in the small intestine; and pain, constipation, diarrhea, and incontinence in the colon and rectum.

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  7. Fact Sheet: Your Digestive System and How It Works

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    By: Information Adapted from the National Diseases Information Clearinghouse NIH

    The digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. A description of why digestion is important, how food is digested, how food moves through the digestive system, nutrients, and how the process is controlled. Revised and updated 2009.

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  8. Fact Sheet: Chronic Constipation: From Evaluation to Treatment

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    By: Robert D. Madoff, MD, FACS

    Constipation is a common symptom that affects virtually everyone at some point in their life. Occasional constipaion will generally respond to simple lifestyle measures. But constipation that is chronic or recurrent may indicate the need to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. The term constipation includes a complex of symptoms related to slow, impaired, difficult, or painful defecation. An in-depth review of causes, diagnosis, and treatments.

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  9. Fact Sheet: A Guide to Managing the Benefits and Risks of Medicines

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    By: Information Adapted from FDA Publication FDA

    For many people, taking medication is a regular part of the daily routine, and these medicines are relied upon to treat disease and improve health. Although medicines can make you feel better and help you get well, it's important to know that all medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, have risks as well as benefits.

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  10. Fact Sheet: How to Prepare for Tests

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    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    In many cases, doctors can make a diagnosis of a functional gastrointestinal disorder after a careful history and examination. Often, however, there is a structural disease that must be excluded by tests that probe the gastrointestinal tract. This fact sheet reviews preparation for common tests, including sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.

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