What Causes Chills And Muscle Spasms?

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Definition

Esophageal spasms are abnormal contractions of the muscles in the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). These spasms do not move food effectively to the stomach.


Alternative Names

Diffuse esophageal spasm; Spasm of the esophagus


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The cause of esophageal spasm is unknown. Very hot or very cold foods may trigger an episode in some people.


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