26 February 2009

medical word of the day: nutcracker esophagus

Nutcracker esophagus: a condition in which the muscles of your esophagus contract too powerfully. Over half of the cases of nutcracker esophagus are related to gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). Symptoms include chest pain, difficulty swallowing or a sensation that food is stuck in your esophagus, and heartburn. Sometimes you may not even be able to eat solids but can only ingest liquids.

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