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What is the treatment for esophageal achalasia?

What is the treatment for esophageal achalasia?

Several: The main treatments are 1) medications, 2) endoscopic, and 3) surgical. Which one to choose depends on how severe the symptoms are. ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Esophageal Achalasia (Definition)

Achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder. It is diagnosed by manometry, showing a lack of relaxation of the distal esophagus and decreased peristalsis. Primary achalasia (most common) is due to loss of inhibitory neurons in the distal esophagus. Secondary achalasia is caused by chagas disease. "pseudo-achalasia" is seen with cancers. Surgical treatment ...Read more


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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for esophageal achalasia?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for esophageal achalasia?

No pills: The only effective treatment is to open the lower esophageal valve by balloon dilation or surgically through the abdomen or the mouth (poem). Pills don't work, nor does botox. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of the treatments for achalasia?

What are the benefits of the treatments for achalasia?

Swallowing normally: The goal of treatment for achalasia is to improve swallowing and avoid complications such as weight loss and malnutrition. The newest, and likely most effective treatment is per oral endoscopic myotomy (poem). This is offered in springfield, ma, chicago, portland, or, san diego, and long island to name most of the centers performing this procedure. ...Read more

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Are Coeliac Disease & Achalasia linked? I have both and wasn't sure

No they are differen: coeliac disease is more of a malabsorption disease. where as achalasia is more of a dysfunction of the esophagus motility ...Read more

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Do you have any suggestions for natural help with achalasia?

Do you have any suggestions for natural help with achalasia?

Achalasia can be bad: Achalasia is defined by absent peristalsis in the esophagus & incomplete relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (les). It may be a "primary" esophageal motility disorder, or "secondary" to cancers invading the les (pseudoachalasia), chagas disease from reduviid bug bites, amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, eosinophilic infiltration. This is not something you should ignore or that fixes with herbs. ...Read more

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Can you die from esophageal achalasia?

Can you die from esophageal achalasia?

If left untreated: A person could die from untreated achalasia due to starvation, aspiration pneumonia or chocking on the contents accumulated in the esophagus. ...Read more

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How are having achalasia and GERD different?

How are having achalasia and GERD different?

Achalasia vs. GERD: In achalasia, the muscles of the esophagus don't push food down and the lower esophageal sphincter (les) doesn't open to allow food to enter to stomach. Treatment is with endoscopic dilation or surgical cutting of the les. Gerd occurs when the les is abnormal (weak) and allows stomach juices to wash up into the esophagus. Treatment is with antacid medications or surgical reinforcement of the les. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for esophageal achalasia?

Hard question: Although there is no definite cure, several therapies have been shown to be effective - dilation of the esophagus, certain medications such as nitroglycerine, Nifedipine may be helpful and finally if all fails, especially esophageal dilations, surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Cardiospasm (Definition)

Cardiospasm (also known as achalasia), is a problem with the esophagus where the connection between the esophagus and the stomach remains contracted and tight. This prevents the normal passage of swallowed food from entering the stomach, causing chest pain ...Read more


Dr. Hiroshi Mashimo
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Achalasia (Definition)

Achalasia is where the muscle that makes up the esophagus spasms and contracts, which may cause chest pain, a feeling of "food being stuck in the throat", or regurgitation due to obstruction at the ...Read more