Esophageal spasm causing dysphagia. SYN: dysphagia nervosa, nervous dysphagia.

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esoph·a·gism (ə-sofґə-jiz-əm) diffuse esophageal spasm.

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  • dysphagia, dysphagy — Difficulty in swallowing. SEE ALSO: aglutition. [dys + G. phago, to eat] d. lusoria d. said to be due to compression by the right subclavian artery arising abnormally from the descending aorta and passing behind the esophagus. [coinage from L.… …   Medical dictionary

  • diffuse esophageal spasm — strong, uncoordinated, nonpropulsive contractions of the esophagus evoked by swallowing, with chest pain, seen especially in the elderly. Sometimes the esophageal lumen appears coiled on the radiograph (corkscrew or curling esophagus). Called… …   Medical dictionary

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