Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of esophageal motility disorders?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Dietary and eating habits should to be adjusted. Smaller, more frequent meals are preferred over the larger meals of the traditional 3 meals per day pattern. Liquid foods will ultimately pass down the esophagus and through the LES with less resistance.

Patients should be instructed to take smaller bites of food, with thorough chewing and slow swallowing. Patients should follow food boluses with liquids frequently.

Instruct patients to remain in the upright posture during and for some time after mealtime (at least 2 h) to enhance esophageal emptying. Straightening of the back, raising arms above the head, and standing can increase intraesophageal pressure and enhance esophageal clearance.


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