Corkscrew oesophagus – describes the abnormal segmented…

Corkscrew oesophagus – describes the abnormal segmented appearance of the oesophagus in cases of oesophageal spasm on contrast swallow examination. Normally primary peristalsis extends down the oesophagus as a coordinated wave of contraction and relaxation.  In oesophageal spasm multiple segments contract simultaneously and there is failure of normal relaxation. This motility disorder of the oesophagus is most often related to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and may present with chest pain or dysphagia. 

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