Motility Disorders in the Patient with Neurologic Disease
Nervous System Diseases
Gastrointestinal symptoms are common in the patient with chronic neurologic disease and may loom large in terms of impact on quality of life and on nutrition and mobility. A knowledge of the range of gastrointestinal disorders associated with a given neurologic disease, together with an understanding of the risks and benefits of various therapeutic options and approaches, should aid gastroenterologists in their efforts to contribute to the care of these patients. In most instances a multidisciplinary team (neurologist/neurosurgeon, gastroenterologist, nutritionist, therapist, specialist nurse) aware of the wishes and needs of the family and their carers and mindful of the nature and the natural history of the underlying disease process are best placed to assess and manage these problems.