cardiospasm


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cardiospasm

 [kahr´de-o-spazm]
achalasia of the esophagus.

e·soph·a·ge·al a·cha·la·si·a

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.

cardiospasm

[kär′dē·əspaz′əm]
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)
An obstruction to the passage of food that develops in the terminal esophagus; caused by an autonomic nervous system abnormality.
Synonym(s): achalasia of the cardia, cardiospasm, oesophageal achalasia.

cardiospasm

Tight 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.

cardiospasm