What is Nutcracker Esophagus?
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.
What symptoms will I experience if I have Nutcracker Esophagus?
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing, or a sensation that food is stuck in your esophagus
How is it diagnosed?
- Esophageal Manometry
- EGD: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
What is the treatment process for Nutcracker Esophagus?
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.