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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. Shari Jackson
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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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Why Achalasia patients tend to loose weight?

Why Achalasia patients tend to loose weight?

Causes of achalasia: Achalasia often means 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. Similar motor abnormalities can be seen with diabetes & CIIP. ...Read more

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What is the basic reason that achalasia patients loose weight? Is it because they start eating less or is there another underlying reason?

What is the basic reason that achalasia patients loose weight? Is it because they start eating less or is there another underlying reason?

Malabsorption: Achalasia is a relatively uncommon disease usually of the muscles of the lower esophageal body and lower esophageal sphincter. This prevents relaxation of the sphincter and an absence of contractions, or peristalsis, of the GI segment. This results in very slow movement of food in the GI tract. Achalasia can also occur at any point in the GI tract, causing poor absorption, & wgt. loss. ...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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What is difference among type 1,2 & 3 achalasia?

Manometry definition: these are definitions to characterize achalasia (a disorder of esophagus where contraction wave is absent and the lower sphincter does not relax): Type1 has minimal contractions, Type2 intermittent contractions, Type3 spastic contractions. Success rates of treatment differ as replied in prior question. I'm happy to consult as I would highly recommend followup at major specialized expert center ...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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Is type 3 Achalasia same as what is also called vigorous Achalasia?

Is type 3 Achalasia same as what is also called vigorous Achalasia?

Yes, they are: basically the same, but Vigorous Achalasia is based on an older classification system using diagnostic criteria from conventional manometry, while Type 3 is a newer classification system based on high resolution manometry criteria. ...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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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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Can I die from esophageal achalasia if I ignore it?

Can I die from esophageal achalasia if I ignore it?

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 aspiration can cause permanent damage to the lungs, asthma, recurrent pneumonia. Any of these conditions can potentially shorten your life if not treated properly. A large aspiration event can be deadly. ...Read more

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Dr. Hiroshi Mashimo
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Achalasia (Definition)

Occurs when 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


Dr. Julie Abbott
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Cardiospasm (Definition)

Cardiospasm = regurgitation or difficulty swallowing due to lack of relaxation of muscle fibers in ...Read more