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About GI Motility

COVIDs Impact on GI

With the help of patients, caregivers, and our Industry Council, IFFGD has created a survey to gain insight into the impact COVID-19 and the pandemic has had on the Gastrointestinal (GI) Illness population. We hope this will assist healthcare providers, law makers and industry partners on the future care of patients.

*Approximate time to take this survey is 7 minutes

Refractory Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (rGERD)

IFFGD has been working with the International Working Group for the Classification of Oesophagitis (IWGCO) to create a survey to better understand the illness experience of those with Refractory Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (rGERD). Refractory Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (rGERD) is very common and may affect up to 40% of people who use a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) once daily.  Approximate time to take this survey is 6 minutes

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What is GI Motility?

Gastrointestinal (GI) motility is defined by the movements of the digestive system, and the transit of the contents within it. When nerves or muscles in any portion of the digestive tract do not function with their normal strength and coordination, a person develops symptoms related to motility problems.

The Digestive Tract

Gut motility is the term given to the stretching and contractions of the muscles in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The synchronized contraction of these muscles is called peristalsis. These movements enable food to progress along the digestive tract while, at the same time, ensuring the absorption of the important nutrients.

Signs & Symptoms

Each part of the GI tract – esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – has a unique function to perform in digestion, and each has a distinct type of motility and sensation. When motility or sensations are not appropriate for performing this function, symptoms occur.

Motility Testing

Often symptoms alone cannot be reliably used for accurate diagnosis of a patient’s motility disorder. Proper evaluation of patients with suspected gastrointestinal motility disorders is important to correctly diagnose a patient’s condition and to treat the patient in an appropriate manner. Tests of gastrointestinal (GI) motility allow the assessment and identification of abnormal patterns and physiology.

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