Disturbances of Gastrointestinal Motility and the Nervous System

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The nervous system modulates normal gut function through the extrinsic neural supply and the enteric nervous system of the gastrointestinal tract. Disorders of the nervous system affecting gastrointestinal tract function are manifested primarily as abnormalities in motor, rather than absorptive or secretory, functions or other digestive processes. The normal neural-gut interactions, common clinical manifestations of gut dysmotility encountered in neurologic disorders, and the assessment of gastrointestinal functions that might be used to assess extrinsic autonomic control of viscera are reviewed in this chapter. Finally, the main features in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic diseases affecting the gut are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAminoff's Neurology and General Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationFifth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780124077102
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Autonomic neuropathy
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysphagia
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Gastrointestinal motility disorders
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gut dysmotility
  • Muscle disorders
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Pseudo-obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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