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Neurogastroenterology

What is Neurogastroenterology? Neurogastroenterology is a specialized branch of medicine that studies the nervous system, gastric microbiota physiology, and the interactions between them. Treatment teams for neurogastroenterology usually employ multidisciplinary expertise and can include gastroenterologists trained in neurogastroenterology, gynecologists, surgeons, and physical therapists.

What diseases are treated in Neurogastroenterology?

Motility disorders, which are characterized by dysfunction of the coordination of muscles at any part of the digestive tract, are the focus of treatment by neuro gastroenterology. Disorders treated include:

  • Esophageal disorders such as dysphagia, achalasia, scleroderma, and eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Gastric issues that include gastroparesis, dumping syndrome, cyclic vomiting syndrome, and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.
  • Small intestine disorders, including small bowel bacterial overgrowth, intestinal dysmotility, and pseudo-obstruction.
  • Large intestine disorders such as refractory constipation, Hirschsprung’s disease, and IBS.

In addition, disorders of the pelvic floor that affect bowel movements, such as pelvic dyssynergia and fecal incontinence, are also treated.

Source: ANMS – American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society. (n.d.). ANMS-American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society. Retrieved May 24, 2022, from https://www.motilitysociety.org/page.php?id=19