Gastrointestinal Motility Center

The Neurogastroenterology and Pediatric Motility Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is one of only a handful of centers in the country that provides the full spectrum of diagnostic testing for patients with GI motility disorders. Our SLUCare Physician Group gastroenterologists offer the skill and expertise necessary to identify these conditions, so together we can create a personalized treatment plan to ease your child’s discomfort.

What is a Motility Disorder?

Gastrointestinal (GI) motility refers to the movement of food, fluids, and waste through the digestive system, a process that allows the body to absorb nutrients and produce waste. This requires the muscles and nerves of the digestive system to work together in a coordinated way. In children with motility disorders, these muscles and nerves do not work well. Symptoms of a motility disorder may include abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and difficulty swallowing.

Conditions We Treat

We diagnose and treat a variety of motility disorders in children and adolescents, including the following conditions:

  • Achalasia
  • Anorectal abnormalities
  • Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIPO)
  • Colonic dysmotility
  • Dysphagia
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hirschsprung disease
  • Internal anal sphincter achalasia
  • Severe constipation

These conditions can be especially challenging to diagnose and may require a variety of tests to identify, such as:

  • Endoscopy
  • pH monitoring
  • Impedance testing
  • Manometry, or motility, studies (esophageal, antroduodenal (AD), colonic, and anorectal)

Our team offers the full range of motility studies and is adept at the complex interpretation of results. Once we have a clear picture of the cause of your child’s symptoms, we focus on the most important thing: helping your child feel better. Our team of experts will work closely with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet the needs of your your child. From feeding and sleep therapies to medications and surgery, we will help you explore all of your options, so you can move forward with confidence. Call us today at 314-577-4010 to schedule an appointment with the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital team.

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