This session will discuss the pathophysiology, symptoms, workup, and treatment of the major gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders. This includes esophageal food bolus, ileus, small bowel obstruction and volvulus. We will also discuss the difference between these more serious forms of GI motility disorders and simple constipation.
Much of the talk will be aimed at treating the patient in place at the nursing facility until transfer to the hospital becomes necessary. In the case of volvulus, transfer may be needed immediately upon diagnosis. Of course all treatment plans will be done in accordance with the advance care plan.
Identify the pathophysiology, symptoms, and workup of several GI motility disorders.
Distinguish between esophageal food bolus (EFB), ileus, small bowel obstruction and volvulus.
Rule out the more severe forms of GI motility disorders when patients present with simple constipation.
Review the treatment options for each of the mentioned GI motility disorders.