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Achalasia: Introduction

Achalasia: A rare motor disorder of the esophagus characterized by inability of the lower esophageal sphincter and esophageal muscle to relax as well as dilation of the esophagus. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Achalasia is available below.

Symptoms of Achalasia

Treatments for Achalasia

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Achalasia: Complications

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Causes of Achalasia

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Disease Topics Related To Achalasia

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  • Hypertensive nonrelaxed esophageal sphincter
  • Primary esophageal motility disorder
  • Lower esophageal sphincter
  • LES
  • Esophageal peristalsis
  • more related diseases...»

Less Common Symptoms of Achalasia

Achalasia: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Achalasia

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see symptoms of more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Achalasia

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Achalasia: Rare Types

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Definitions of Achalasia:

A motility disorder of the ESOPHAGUS in which the LOWER ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER (near the CARDIA) fails to relax resulting in hypermotility, functional obstruction of the esophagus, and DYSPHAGIA. Achalasia is characterized by a grossly contorted and dilated esophagus (megaesophagus). - (Source - Diseases Database)

Achalasia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Achalasia, or a subtype of Achalasia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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