Visceral neuropathy, familial is a disorder that affects the muscles that move food through the digestive tract. Because the muscles don’t move the food properly undigested food builds up.
Symptoms include swelling, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty going to the bathroom. Individuals with this condition may also have a shorter small intestine than normal, a thick bowel wall, or slightly twisted/rotated intestines. Inflammation or swelling of the large intestine may also occur as a result of food moving improperly through the digestive tract. As a result of these symptoms individuals with this condition tend to eat less than they should and can become malnourished. Individuals also experience problems with their reflexes, such as pupils being slow to react to changes in light and deep tendon reflexes that are weak or absent. Another symptom is generalized lack of muscle control during voluntary movements, or ataxia. This affects coordination, speech (dysarthia), eye movement, and swallowing.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with this condition, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options and resources.
Description Last Updated: Feb 12, 2018