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cause of esophageal achalasia

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
If left untreated: A person could die from untreated achalasia due to starvation, aspiration pneumonia or chocking on the contents accumulated in the esophagus.
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Dr. David Earle
31 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely: This disease doesn't cause immediate death like a heart attack or stroke can, nor does it destroy organs like cancer. If it prevents you from eating ... Read More

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 years experience Family Medicine
Hard question: Although there is no definite cure, several therapies have been shown to be effective - dilation of the esophagus, certain medications such as nitrogl ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Birdas
26 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Surgery: For healthy patients, surgery (heller myotomy) is the best and most long-lasting treatment. Alternatives include endoscopic dilation and Botox injecti ... Read More
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Dr. David Earle
31 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Endoscopic balloon dilation is less invasive, but slightly more risky and less effective than surgical myotomy. There is a new endoscopic method for m ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
20 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Maybe: Untreated achalasia can result in accumulation of fluid in the esophagus that can silently enter the lungs while you sleep at night. Chronic silent a ... Read More
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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Yes: It depends on how severe the symptoms are. If the achalsia is so severe it is impacting your nutritional intake, that can be life threatening and shou ... Read More
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Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Achalasia can be bad: Yes! achalasia is defined by absent peristalsis in the esophagus & incomplete relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (les). It may be a "prima ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
26 years experience Trauma Surgery
Motility Disorder: Achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder. It is diagnosed by manometry, showing a lack of relaxation of the distal esophagus and decreased perista ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
20 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Medical/surgical: Medical treatment is with calcium channel blockers. Endoscopic treatment is with balloon dilation of the lower esophageal sphincter, but typically has ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Considine
30 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly Reglan (metoclopramide): You can speak to your doctor about trying Reglan (metoclopramide) or Metoclopramide but cautiously and in small amounts since you have to worry about ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Achalasia is a when the lower esophageal sphincter muscle incompletely relaxes and doesn't allow food or fluid to pass easily. Achalasia is character ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
35 years experience Gastroenterology
They go together: Your les (lower esophageal sphincter) is hypotensive. The pressure is too low. Normally it should be above 10mmhg. Therefore acid from the stomach can ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hiroshi Mashimo
33 years experience Gastroenterology
GERD alone unlikely: manometric evidence of aperistalsis (not simply on barium test) unlikely from GERD alone, and can be from achalasia or esophageal scleroderma, even wi ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bora Lim
Dr. Bora Lim answered
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Need more info: Any other related symptoms - how did you get this result in first place ? It's rare to have all part of esophagus not moving in young age without unde ... Read More

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