What is the pathogenesis of spastic motility disorders of the esophageal body?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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No documented abnormalities exist regarding the distribution of myenteric neurons in patients diagnosed with spastic motility disorders of the esophageal body, but diffuse fragmentation of vagal filaments, increased endoneural collagen, and mitochondrial fragmentation are described. There appears to be a functional imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory postganglionic pathways, disrupting the coordinated components of peristalsis. In DES, muscular hypertrophy or hyperplasia has been described in the distal two thirds of the esophagus. Muscle wall thickening has been described in patients who are asymptomatic and, conversely, has been absent in some patients with typical symptoms and manometric findings. This controversial finding causes difficulty in attributing symptoms or manometric abnormalities to muscle structure changes. In addition, anxiety states may also play a role in some patients.

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