- Chest pain
- Esophageal spasm can feel like tight, crushing retrosternal pain similar to ACS
- Ingested foreign body
- Esophageal carcinoma - dysphagia predominantly for solid foods during initial stages
- Reflux esophagitis - dysphagia results from inflammatory swelling or a fibrotic stricture
- Pseudoachalasia - underlying malignancy mimics achalasia
- Connective tissue disorders - e.g. systemic sclerosis
- Esophageal spasm - chest pain a predominant feature
- Upper GI
- Esophageal dilatation
- Birds beak sign
- Esophageal Manometry
- Trial of antispasmodic for esophageal spasm
- Surgical intervention
- Patients need to eat upright at all times.
- Treatment may improve dysphagia, but there is no cure and swallowing never completely normalizes
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