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Esophageal Spasm

Alternate Names : Diffuse Esophageal Spasm, DES, Spasm of the Esophagus

Esophageal Spasm | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Esophageal spasm can be diagnosed by a test called manometry. In this test, a special tube is inserted down the esophagus. The tube measures the muscle activity of the esophagus. Abnormal contractions mixed with normal movement suppports the diagnosis.

A person with a hypersensitive esophagus may be diagnosed by inflating a long balloon in the person's esophagus. If this causes the same symptoms, preventive methods may work.

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Author: William M. Boggs, MD
Reviewer: Eric Berlin, MD
Date Reviewed: 09/19/01

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