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Corkscrew esophagus


Corkscrew esophagus (also referred as rosary bead esophagus) is a classic finding of diffuse esophageal spasm (DES) in barium studies reflecting abnormal contractions, leading to compartmentalization and curling of the esophagus, ultimately giving an appearance similar to a corkscrew or rosary beads. We review the pathophysiology of this finding, correlating it to corkscrew and rosary images that originated this classic description.

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Correspondence to Eduardo Kaiser Ururahy Nunes Fonseca.

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Fonseca, E.K.U.N., Yamauchi, F.I., Tridente, C.F. et al. Corkscrew esophagus. Abdom Radiol 42, 985–986 (2017).

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  • Esophagus
  • Esophageal motility disorders
  • Barium
  • Upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Radiography