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What does it mean to have esophageal spasms?

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Dr. Elizabeth Trinidad
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Muscle spasm

The esophagus is a tube with muscle that connects the mouth to the stomach.
It moves the food toward the stomach but the muscles can contract to much in spasm if irritated.

In brief: Muscle spasm

The esophagus is a tube with muscle that connects the mouth to the stomach.
It moves the food toward the stomach but the muscles can contract to much in spasm if irritated.
Dr. Elizabeth Trinidad
Dr. Elizabeth Trinidad
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Painful contractions

Esophageal spasm is the painful, simultaneous contraction of the musculature of the esophagus.
These muscles generally contract in a peristaltic motion to move a food or liquid bolus from the mouth to the stomach. In some cases the entire esophagus can contract vigorously at the same time leading to chest pain and swallowing difficulty. The most common cause is gastroesophageal reflux (gerd).

In brief: Painful contractions

Esophageal spasm is the painful, simultaneous contraction of the musculature of the esophagus.
These muscles generally contract in a peristaltic motion to move a food or liquid bolus from the mouth to the stomach. In some cases the entire esophagus can contract vigorously at the same time leading to chest pain and swallowing difficulty. The most common cause is gastroesophageal reflux (gerd).
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