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Korean J Gastrointest Motil. 1998 Nov;4(2):127-132. Korean. Case Report.
Kim BK , Choi MG , Na JS , Kim BW , Moon SB , Choi H , Kim JK , Chung IS , Chung KW , Sun HS .
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is thought to be caused by an incompetent lower esophageal sphincter, either because of a chronic hypotonia or an increased frequency of transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation. Thus, it seems paradoxical under nutcracker esophagus to consider gastroesophageal reflux as a possible diagnosis, particularly in the patient presenting with chest pain. Current therapy in nutcracker esophagus is aimed at reducing the high amplitude peristaltic contractions characteristic of this disorder. Treatment directed at reducing contraction can decrease lower esophageal sphincter pressure and may exacerbate gastroesophageal reflux. It is not easy to treat a case of nutcracker esophagus associated with GERD. We report a 38-year-old male with nutcracker esophagus associated with GERD who lost the diagnostic features of nutcracker esophagus after 6 week of antireflux therapy.

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