A condition in which the muscles of the lower part of the esophagus fail to relax, preventing food from passing into the stomach.
- This case also illustrates the therapeutic dilemma if surgery fails in patients with achalasia.
- If endoscopy shows no obvious abnormality a diagnosis of a primary motility disturbance of the oesophagus such as achalasia should be considered.
- Patients with achalasia typically present with dysphagia to solids and liquids.
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