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Does the esophageal spasm get relieved by sublingual nitroglycerine ?

Posted Nov 02 2009 10:01pm

Esophagus and the heart are closely related structures. Both can generate chest pain that can mimic each other. The squeezing substernal pain  is very characteristic of esophageal spasm  .The smooth muscle of esophagus can exactly mimic a vascular smooth  muscle  .The relief of chest pain following nitrates  though very classical of angina it can very well alleviate the pain of esophagal spasm also. This has important clinical implication

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