Neuro-Gastroenterology and GI Motility
Neurogastroenterology focuses on the relationship between the nervous and digestive systems.
One critical gastrointestinal (GI) function affected by the nervous system is motility, the coordination of muscles that move food through the digestive tract – from swallowing to defecation. Motility disorders include a variety of GI problems.
DrZubin Dev Sharma has special interest in Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility. He is trained in Motility testing, Esophageal manometry, Anorectal Manometry, Impedance studies and Biofeedback.
Conditions Treated in the Neurogastroenterology
Conditions treated include :
- Disorders of the esophagus:
- • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) : GERD happens when partially digested food and stomach acid come up into the esophagus. This can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms, such as heartburn.
- • Dysphagia : Difficulty swallowing that may be related to conditions such as achalasia and scleroderma.
- • Chest pain : Chest pain not related to heart problems may be due to GERD, motility issues, or nerve hypersensitivity in your esophagus.
- Disorders of the stomach :
- • Gastroparesis : Gastroparesis happens when problems with the nerves or muscles of the stomach result in slow stomach emptying or digestion. Learn more about gastroparesis.
- • Functional dyspepsia : Persistent sensation in your upper GI tract, much of which is not part of the normal digestion process.
- • Chronic nausea : When you have chronic nausea, you experience a persistent queasy, unsettled feeling in your stomach.
- Disorders of the small bowel and colon:
- • Chronic diarrhea : This condition occurs when you have infrequent or difficult bowel movements for a period of three or more months. Learn more about chronic constipation.
- • Chronic constipation : Persistent sensation in your upper GI tract, much of which is not part of the normal digestion process.
- • Irritable bowel syndrome : A group of symptoms you experience when nerves and muscles in your digestive tract misfire affecting sensitivity in your colon. This causes symptoms of abdominal pain/discomfort that is associated with a change in bowel habits. Learn more about irritable bowel syndrome.
- • Bowel obstruction : This condition occurs when nerves and brain signals prevent food from passing along your digestive tract, even though there is no physical blockage.
about bowel obstruction.
- Disorders of the anus or rectum (anorectum) :
- • Pelvic floor dyssynergia : Difficulty with bowel movements due to problems in coordination of your pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor dyssynergia can affect both men and women.
- • Fecal incontinence : Leakage of stool that occurs in men and women due to weakness or dysfunction of the anal sphincter and/or pelvic floor muscles.