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- Also called cricopharyngeal spasm, dyspasia, or achalasia (Wikipedia)
- Cricopharyngeus muscle is part of inferior pharyngeal constrictor
- Prominent clinical findings but subtle microscopic findings
- Patient has globus pharyngitis ("lump in throat" feeling), symptoms exacerbated by stress, generally worse later in day, relief with eating
- Self limiting, but may persist for months, unable to predict duration of symptoms
- Botulinum toxin, muscle relaxants, rarely cricopharyngeal myotomy (eMedicine)
Cricopharyngeus muscle-1 (drawing on left, near bottom)
End of Esophagus > Non-neoplastic disorders > Cricopharyngeal dysphagia
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