What are the signs and symptoms of spastic esophageal motility disorders?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Chest pain is the hallmark of spastic esophageal motility disorders, although patients with spastic esophageal motility disorders also may report dysphagia. Similar to the chest pain of achalasia, it may mimic angina. The mechanism is not clear but may be related to transient esophageal muscle ischemia, luminal distension, or altered visceral sensation.


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