Esophageal motility disorder

An esophageal motility disorder (EMD) is any medical disorder causing difficulty in swallowing, regurgitation of food and a spasm-type pain which can be brought on by an allergic reaction to certain foods. The most prominent one is dysphagia. It is a part of CREST syndrome, referring to the five main features: calcinosis, Raynaud syndrome, esophageal dysmotility, sclerodactyly and telangiectasia.[1]

Esophageal motility disorder
Other namesEsophageal dysmotility (ED)
Treatmenttreatment depends on cause


There are contractions along the lower esophagus when this condition happens. These contractions prevent the passage of food.[2]



Dysphagia could be for solid only or for solid and liquid.


See also


  1. Winterbauer RH (1964). "Multiple telangiectasia, Raynaud's phenomenon, sclerodactyly, and subcutaneous calcinosis: a syndrome mimicking hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia". Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital 114: 31–83. PMID 14171636.
  2. Medicine, UW. "Esophageal Motility Disorders - UW Medicine". Archived from the original on 2018-09-27. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
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