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Achalasia is a relatively rare disorder affecting the esophagus. It is characterized by difficulty in swallowing due to enlargement of the esophagus, difficulty in pushing food down toward the stomach (peristalsis), and failure of the ring-shaped muscle at the bottom of the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), to relax. It is the contraction and relaxation of the sphincter that moves food through the tube.

Diagnosis is reached with esophageal manometry and barium swallow radiographic studies. Various treatments are available, however none cures the condition at this time. Certain medications or Botox may be used in some cases, but more permanent relief is brought by esophageal dilatation and surgical cleaving of the muscle (Heller myotomy).

The most common form is primary achalasia, which has no known underlying cause. It is due to the failure of distal esophageal inhibitory neurons.

Achalasia News and Information

See below for updated news and information regarding Achalasia including new research, treatments and advancements. 

Latest Achalasia News

Achalasia and the Risk for Esophageal Cancer

Cancer Therapy AdvisorOct 13, 2016
Some data suggest esophageal cancer may be more common among patients diagnosed with achalasia, but there are no relevant screening …

Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM): The Future Is Now

MedscapeSep 23, 2016
Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is an exciting innovation for the treatment of achalasia. According to published studies in approximately …