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What Does It Mean To Have Esophageal Spasms
Does Dad 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does bilateral hilar lympadenopathy and mediastinal ltmphadenopathy plus esophageal thickening mean?
Go see your doctor. : You didn't give your age. Younger patients can have sarcoidosis(this is not a cancer) which can cause enlarged lymph nodes. Thickening of the wall of the esophagus could be caused by chronic inflammation like from reflux. An endoscopy(looking into the esophagus) may be needed. ...Read more
Increased risk: With barrett's esophagus, you have an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. Therefor an individual should be in a endoscipic surveillance program. If the barrett's progresses to high grade dysplasia, then the risk of cancer is so high, then the high grade dysplasia needs to be treated either with endoscopic techniques or esophagectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My lover has just been diagnosed with diffuse esophageal spasm. I am worried but she acts like it is not a problem. Who can tell me what it means?
DES can be bad: 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", & of course non-esophageal causes of chest pain. She needs her gastroenterologist's advice about rx's to minimize attacks, where to go/ what to take when pain develops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: However, you should see your doctor and be evaluated with what is called a barium esophagram. This is a study that looks at the x-ray contours of your esophagus. This may need to be followed up with a flexible endoscopy, whcih is a camera that looks inside your esophagus to find any abnormalities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Break in esophagus: If you were hospitalized and operated on, most likely this is what happened. If not, "esopageal rupture" may not be the right term. I wonder whether one meant esophageal hernia, which is not exactly a rupture but a weakness in the diaphragm sphincter. Sometimes in communication, encoding and decoding the message can be the source of misunderstanding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Esophageal varices are swollen blood vessels in the esophagus that are sometimes caused by chronic alcoholic drinking. Not all alcoholics have it, and not everyone who has it is an alcoholic. It is caused by increased pressure in the vessels from a sick liver and elevated blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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