Esophageal Spasm (Including Achalasia and Jackhammer Esophagus) Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is esophageal spasm (including achalasia and jackhammer esophagus)?

This is a cancer of a type of white blood cell in the blood, called a plasma cell. Cancerous cells multiply and "crowd out" other healthy, normal cells. Risk factors include family history of multiple myeloma, older age and male sex.

Symptoms of esophageal spasm (including achalasia and jackhammer esophagus)

  • Chest pain

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Difficulty swallowing food or water

  • Sensation of pressure in the chest

  • Heartburn; painful burning feeling in the chest or throat

Questions your doctor may ask to check for esophageal spasm (including achalasia and jackhammer esophagus)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose esophageal spasm (including achalasia and jackhammer esophagus)

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have difficulty swallowing (e.g food or water)?

  • Do you feel pressure over your chest?

  • Do you have heartburn?

Treatment for esophageal spasm (including achalasia and jackhammer esophagus)

Medications are prescribed to relax the muscles of the esophagus and relieve painful contractions. Some patients may require botulinum injections into the esophageal muscle to relieve the spasms or surgery as a last resort.

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