Neuromuscular diseases and disorders of the alimentary system

Vinay Chaudhry, T. Umapathi, William J. Ravich

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This review outlines the relationship and interaction between neuromuscular diseases and disorders of the alimentary system. Neuromuscular manifestations of gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary diseases are first considered. Such diseases may cause neuromuscular disorders by leading to nutritional deficiency or by more direct mechanisms. The pathogenesis, clinical features, and treatment of these various neuromuscular manifestations are discussed. The impact of disorders of nerve, neuromuscular transmission, and muscle on the alimentary system is then reviewed. The main sequelae are impaired deglutition and gastrointestinal dysmotility. The management of these complications is considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-784
Number of pages17
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 11 2002


  • Gastrointestinal
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Neuromuscular diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)


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