What Is an Esophageal Spasm?

The technical term for Esophageal spasm is spastic pseudodiverticulosis. This can cause abnormal muscle contractions in the esophagus and lower sphincter. This may appear as chest pains with a difficulty swallowing both liquids and solids. This may be accompanies by pain, but pain may exist alone. It is similar to esophageal achalasia and may become […]

What Are Esophageal Pouches or Diverticulas?

Esophageal pouches are abnormal protrusions in the esophagus. While these protrusions usually do not require treatment, they can be removed surgically. Midesophageal pouches are usually caused by lesions located in the chest outside the esophagus. Epiphrenic pouches occur above the diaphragm. The pharyngeal, or Zenker’s, pouch can fill with food which can them be regurgitated […]

What is the Esophagus?

The Esophagus is a tube that runs from the throat to the stomach. It is used to transport food to the stomach, and it accomplishes this by contracting muscles and not gravity as many suspect. There is a band of muscles at both the top and bottom of this tube that close to prevent food and […]

What is Esophageal Achalasia?

Esophageal Achalasia is a disease that affects the muscle of the lower esophageal body and the lower esophageal sphincter. The lower sphincter is unable to relax and allow food to enter the stomach. The muscles of the esophagus may also have trouble getting food to that lower sphincter. Both make swallowing food very difficult. The […]

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