Neurogastroenterology, Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Person in charge

Sylvia Salvatore

Yvan Vandenplas

Marc benninga 


The main purpose of the ESPGHAN Motility Working Group is to promote research activities and networking in the field of GI motility amongst ESPGHAN members. The annual meetings and workshops give to the active members the opportunity to share novel data and propose collaborative research protocols.


Projects and other activity:

As in recent years, the Motility WG has been very active and has concrete plans for the next future.  Over the last year, WG members were steadily in touch in order to carry on the several ongoing projects on motility topics.  The annual meeting, which is held within the ESPGHAN meeting, provides the opportunity to meet face-to-face in order to discuss the current progress of research studies and point out new fields of interest.


Papers in progress:

- Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Clinical Practice Guidelines: Joint Recommendations of the NASPGHAN and the ESPGHAN.

- ESPGHAN Guidelines for the management of Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction.

- Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children: A Survey on Clinical Approach in the Mediterranean Area. Scarpato E et al. (under review).

- paper on the prevalence of functional gastrointestinal disorder in children/ adolescents of the mediterranean area.

- paper on the prevalence of functional gastrointestinal disorders in European infants and young children.


Report of the last meeting (05/2016, Athens):

Presentaton of the multicenter study „Prevalence of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in European Infants and Young Children – Preliminary Data” (Nina Steutel): This multicenter study involves 4 countries: Belgium, Israel, Italy, and The Netherlands, and aims to determine the prevalence of FGIDs in subjects aged between 0-4 years.

Invitation to the participation in the Registry on Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction (Nikhil Thapar): Invitation to take part in the creation of a European Registry for children with Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction.

Presentation of the multicenter study „The European-Mediterranean Area Project on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (Elena Scarpato): Presentation of the first phase of the project, and update on the results of the third phase of the study. Discussion on the methods of the fourth phase.

Presentation of the multicenter study „Identification and Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (Silvia Salvatore): Presentation of a project on the identification and treatment of laryngopharyngeal reflux. The study aims to compare the identification of laryngopharingeal reflux using flexible laryngoscoopy to the results of multichannel intraluminal impedance-pH monitoring (MII-pH).