Gastrointestinal motility: some basic concepts.

  title={Gastrointestinal motility: some basic concepts.},
  author={Sushil K Sarna and Mary Francis Otterson},
  volume={36 Suppl 1},
The spatial and temporal patterns of phasic contractions in the gastrointestinal tract are regulated by a complex interplay between the myogenic, neural and chemical control mechanisms. These contractions are largely responsible for the mixing and propulsive movements of the gut after a meal. In the fasted state, organized groups of contractions called cyclic motor activity and migrating motor complex keep the upper digestive tract clean of residual food and debris. In addition, the small… CONTINUE READING