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One in every 10 children in the United States will experience some form of motility or functional GI disorder. Many of these disorders are challenging to diagnose, and therefore, challenging to treat.
At Boston Children’s Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders Center, we meet with families who have seen many doctors and tried many treatments and yet still do not have a satisfactory explanation for their child’s suffering. Our advanced GI motility testing and comprehensive approach to GI motility treatment gives patients and their families the answers and relief they have been seeking.
At our Motility and Functional GI Disorders clinic, patients can see multiple specialists in the same visit. Only Boston Children’s has an expert on staff specializing in both motility and abdominal pain. Motility patients with coinciding respiratory issues can also find treatment here without leaving the clinic. Learn more about:
Meet our GI motility team.
Families from all over the world come to Boston Children’s GI Motility Center seeking relief from common and complex motility problems. Our GI motility specialists diagnose and treat all forms of motility disorders, including the following conditions.
Other common conditions treated at Boston Children’s GI Motility Center include:
"Motility" is a term used to describe the contraction of the muscles that power the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The gastrointestinal tract consists of many parts that work together:
Motility disorders refer to the process by which the food is transported from the mouth to the colon. Functional disorders are those associated with the sensation that coincides with the actions of the GI tract.
If any of these areas experience abnormal motility or sensitivity, a range of symptoms can occur. These symptoms can be emotionally difficult for both children and their parents. Symptoms include:
Physicians refer patients to Boston Children’s for the most precise and advanced GI motility testing available. These procedures include high-resolution antroduodenal colonic manometry, esophageal manometry and anorectal manometry.
We are also one of the few centers performing high-resolution impedance studies and BRAVO placement. These specialized techniques make it possible to pinpoint the precise areas that require treatment, as well as identify other complications.
A collaborative team of doctors will work together to decide on the best course of treatment for your child. Learn more about GI motility testing at Boston Children’s.
Our GI motility center develops treatment plans customized to meet the varied needs of every child’s unique condition. Each team member has many years of experience researching and treating various gastrointestinal and functional motility disorders—often specializing in specific symptoms or treatments. This means that we are able to offer a highly customized, multidisciplinary approach to treatment for all of our patients, leading to the best outcomes possible. Learn more about the GI motility treatments we offer.
For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please contact the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center at 617-355-6055 or request an appointment online.
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