What are the signs and symptoms of esophageal spasm?

Updated: Aug 07, 2019
  • Author: Ahmad Malas, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Esophageal spasm usually presents with the following intermittent symptoms:

  • Noncardiac chest pain (< 10% of causes of noncardiac chest pain are due to diffuse esophageal spasm; the pain is usually retrosternal, frequently radiates to the back, and can be more severe than angina.)

  • Globus (ie, the sensation that an object is trapped in the throat)

  • Dysphagia, which is more consistent and reproducible during investigative studies, may be reported by one third to two thirds of subjects

  • Regurgitation

  • Heartburn (About 20% of patients report heartburn.)

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