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Esophageal spasm

  • 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.