Gastrointestinal motility is defined by the movements of the digestive system, and the transit of the contents within it. When nerves or muscles in any portion of the digestive tract do not function in a strong coordinated fashion, a person develops symptoms related to motility problems.

These symptoms may range from heartburn to constipation. Other symptoms may also include abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Examples of gastrointestinal motility disorders in kids and teens include:

  • Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GER)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hirschsprung's disease 
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Intestinal neuronal dysplasia (IND)
More Information

We encourage you to find out more. Specific information about functional GI and motility disorders in infants, kids and teens can be found at this IFFGD web site:

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