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Digestive Disorders

Esophagus Pain

02/28/2010

Question:

Can problems with the esophagus or other parts of the digestive system mimic symptoms of a heart attack, such as arm and neck pain?

Answer:

Certain esophageal motility disorders can cause chest pain that could be confused with a heart attack. Certain hernias around the stomach/esophagus can also cause chest pain. It would be unlikely that neck and chest pain are caused by the digestive tract. Hope this helps.

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Response by:

Prakash  Gatta, MD Prakash Gatta, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati