Nutcracker Esophagus is a condition in which the muscles of your esophagus contract too powerfully. Over half of the cases of nutcracker esophagus are related to GERD.
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing, or a sensation that food is stuck in your esophagus
- Esophageal Manometry
- EGD: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
There are several treatment options available for patients suffering from nutcracker esophagus.
- Anti-reflux medication: Since over half of all nutcracker esophagus patients develop nutcracker esophagus as a result of GERD, treatment of reflux symptoms can be effective.
- Other medications: Medications such as nitrates and calcium channel blockers can help to relax the muscles of the esophagus and stomach, however they are not overly effective.