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5 Facts you should know about

Achalasia

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1

It is characterized by enlargement of the esophagus,

impaired peristalsis, and failure of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to relax.

2

The main symptoms of achalasia are dysphagia,

regurgitation of undigested food, chest pain behind the sternum, and weight loss.

3

Achalasia is typically diagnosed

in individuals between 25 and 60 years of age.

4

Esophageal manometry is the standard diagnostic evaluation for achalasia.

5

Treatment is aimed at reducing the pressure

at the lower esophageal sphincter and may include Botox, medications, or surgery.

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