When the Heart Triggers the Esophagus: Esophageal Spasm after Electrical Cardioversion

Campaner, Riccardo and Tau, Marco Enzo and Ortelli, Francesca and De Perna, Maria Luisa and Fusi-Schmidhauser, Tanja (2019) When the Heart Triggers the Esophagus: Esophageal Spasm after Electrical Cardioversion. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 6 (12). ISSN 2284-2594

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Introduction:“Esophageal spasm” is a generic term widely used to attribute unexplained non-cardiac chest pain and/or dysphagia to an esophageal motility disorder. Patient and methods: The authors present the case of an 86-year-old male patient with complete dysphagia after an elective electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation. An upper endoscopy performed shortly after the onset of the clinical picture documented disordered esophageal contractions. The patient became asymptomatic within 12 hours of the administration of a spasmolytic therapy. Results: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of esophageal spasm after an electrical cardioversion. Discussion: The temporal correlation supports the explanation of a cause-effect relationship between the clinical presentation and the preceding procedure, thus providing elements for clinicians to recognize and treat this particular condition.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Esophageal spasm, dysphagia, electrical cardioversion, atrial fibrillation
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale)
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2020 09:44
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2020 09:44
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/19670

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