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A 41-year-old member asked:

What leads to diffuse esophageal spasm?

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 32 years experience
True anomaly: This is a true abnormal condition or physiomechanics of the esophagus -- it is a rare condition-- and what most people experience is not a diffuse esophageal spasm but reflux esophagitis with spasm or cold induced transient esophageal contraction.
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Do you have DES?: Spastic motility disorders are defined by esophageal manometry, but the intermittent nature of these abnormalities like DES frequently requires other esophageal tests before starting treatment. Of course, pain of DES can mimic coronary artery disease sufficiently that a cardiac evaluation should first rule out heart & vessel problems. Also, address associated heartburn & irritable bowel syndrome.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: diffuse esophageal spasm?

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Dr. Miguel Rodriguez
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Esophageal spasm: Is a term to define abnormal contraction of the esophagus during times that the individual is not eating. It could be triggered by food at temperature extremes and usually disappear spontaneously. When present on regular basis, it should be an indication for evaluation of acid reflux, connective tissue diseases and some neurological conditions.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

I've got diffuse esophageal spasm. What consequences should I be looking for?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Chest PAIN from DES: Des is a motility disorder of esophageal function. The muscles of the esophagus forcibly tighten, typically unpredictably, resulting in severe chest pain. Distinguish this from situational esophageal spasm, "nutcracker esophagus", and of course non-esophageal causes of chest pain. Speak with your gastroenterologist about rx options to minimize attacks, where to go/ what to take when pain develops.
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