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Esophageal Spasm

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is esophageal spasm?

Esophageal spasm is a sudden, painful tightening of your lower esophagus. Your esophagus is the tube that food and liquids pass through from your mouth to your stomach.

What causes esophageal spasm?

The cause of esophageal spasm is not clear. It may be caused by problems with the nerves that control how your esophagus moves when you swallow . Esophageal spasm may be common among family members. Foods that are too hot or too cold may increase how often your esophagus spasms. Spasms may also happen on their own.

What are the signs and symptoms of esophageal spasm?

You may have any of the following:

How is esophageal spasm diagnosed?

You may receive the following tests:

How is esophageal spasm treated?

With treatment, your spasms, pain, and trouble swallowing may improve. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about these and other treatments for esophageal spasms:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What other treatments may my healthcare provider suggest?

Ask for more information about the following:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

Care Agreement

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