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Related to cardiospasm: achalasia
achalasia of the esophagus.
failure of normal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter associated with uncoordinated contractions of the thoracic esophagus, resulting in functional obstruction and difficulty swallowing.
cardiospasm/car·dio·spasm/ (kahr´de-o-spazm″) achalasia of the esophagus.
Etymology: Gk, kardia + spasmos, pull
a form of achalasia characterized by a failure of the cardiac sphincter at the distal end of the esophagus to relax. It causes dysphagia and regurgitation and sometimes requires surgical division of the muscle.
e·soph·a·ge·al a·cha·la·si·a(ĕ-sof'ă-jē'ăl ak'ă-lā'zē-ă)
cardiospasmTight contraction and failure to relax (ACHALASIA) of the muscle ring (sphincter) at the lower end of the gullet (the CARDIA). This causes obstruction to the passage of food. Cardiospasm has nothing to do with the heart, but relates to the CARDIA.