A patient presented with symptoms including dysphagia, regurgitation, and chest pain. Can you determine the condition based on this radiograph?
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Corkscrew esophagus, or diffuse esophageal spasm, is a relatively rare esophageal motility disorder.
Due to minimal available information on the pathogenesis of this occurrence, it is unclear whether this abnormality represents a distinct disorder.
The trademark of this form of dysmotility is the presence of excess simultaneous contractions in the distal esophagus, although a number of other motility patterns may be observed.
As pictured here, barium radiographic images include severe non-peristaltic contractions which produce abnormalities in the barium column.
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