Diffuse esophageal spasm (DES) is a condition in which uncoordinated contractions of the esophagus occur. It is thought to result from motility disorders of the esophagus. These spasms do not propel food effectively to the stomach. It can cause dysphagia, regurgitation and chest pain.
Symptoms: Squeezing pain in your chest, Difficulty swallowing, sometimes related to swallowing specific substances, such as red wine or extremely hot or cold liquids. The feeling that an object is stuck in your throat. The return of food and liquids back up your esophagus. Diagnosis: Esophageal spasms can be diagnosed by Endoscopy, Esophageal manometry, Esophageal pH monitoring.
Treatment depends on the frequency and severity of your esophageal spasms.If the spasms are occational ,then avoid trigger foods and situations.If the spasms make it difficult to drink and eat then doctor will suggest following reccomendations such as:Managing any underlying conditions, Medications to relax your swallowing muscles, Surgery.
Statistics: About 6 to 14 percent of patients who receive a routine barium swallow test of the esophagus are found to have a Schatzki ring. Esophageal spasm seemingly is more common in whites, and it may be more common in women than in men.