Gastrointestinal motility

Ikuo Hirano*, Darren Brenner

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


Motility is involved in swallowing, gastric mechanical digestion, gastric emptying, intestinal absorption of nutrients and water, and defecation. Our understanding of these processes is constantly improving. In this chapter, we review the normal motor function of the gastrointestinal tract and describe those aspects of anatomy that coordinate and control this essential physiologic activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology
Subtitle of host publicationThe Essentials
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781118833001
ISBN (Print)9780470674840
StatePublished - May 5 2014


  • Achalasia
  • Gastrointestinal motility
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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