Diffuse esophageal spasm; Spasm of the esophagus
Nitroglycerin given under the tongue (sublingual) may be effective in an
Long-term (chronic) cases are sometimes treated with low-dose antidepressants such as trazodone or nortriptyline to reduce symptoms.
Rarely, severe cases may need dilation (widening) of the esophagus or surgery to control symptoms. However, it is not clear whether these procedures will help.
An esophageal spasm may come and go (intermittent) or last for a long time (
The condition may not respond to treatment.
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of esophageal spasm that don't go away.