Superior Mesenteric Artery (SMA) Syndrome

Note: Many disorders can affect the digestive tract. Some can have symptoms that may be similar to or overlap with gastrointestinal (GI) functional or motility disorders. These will have uniquely identifying features which differentiate them from functional GI or motility disorders. Superior mesenteric artery syndrome is a rare digestive system disorder. The superior mesenteric artery […]


Gastroparesis (GP) is a condition of slowed stomach emptying with no intestinal blockage. Healthcare providers often refer to this as delayed gastric emptying. This is considered a motility disorder where the stomach does not empty food as quickly as it should. Motility describes the movement of food and fluids through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Symptoms […]

Abdominal Adhesions

Description and Causes What are abdominal adhesions? Abdominal adhesions are bands of tissue that form between abdominal tissues and organs. Normally, internal tissues and organs have slippery surfaces, which allow them to shift easily as the body moves. Adhesions cause tissues and organs to stick together. The intestines are part of the digestive system. Abdominal […]

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS)

What is Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome? Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a disorder with repeated episodes of severe nausea and vomiting that alternate with symptom free periods. It occurs in children and adults. What are the signs and symptoms of CVS? The symptom episodes tend to follow the same pattern in each person with CVS over […]