scleroderma esophagus

scleroderma esophagus

Ineffective contractions of the esophagus combined with loss of tone in the lower esophageal sphincter. It is a common complication of scleroderma.
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Classical scleroderma esophagus (reduced LESP with absent contractility) was observed in 34% patients with diffuse SSc and 32% with limited SSc.
During the esophageal phase study, common findings are weak or absent distal esophageal peristalsis and hypotensive LES pressure, also defined as scleroderma esophagus (even when SSc is not present).