achalasia

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Related to cricopharyngeal achalasia: cricopharyngeal myotomy, Zenker's diverticulum

achalasia

[‚ak·ə′lāzh·ē·ə]
(medicine)
Inability of a hollow muscular organ or ring of muscle (sphincter) to relax.
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Cricopharyngeal achalasia is a disorder of the UES characterized by dysphagia, weight loss, cough, aspiration, and regurgitation resulting from a functional narrowing at the level of the UES.
Injection with botulinum toxin has been beneficial as a temporizing treatment in adults with cricopharyngeal achalasia, as well as serving as a diagnostic test.
It is important to keep cricopharyngeal achalasia as part of the differential diagnosis of the infant or child with persistent vomiting; particularly those associated with respiratory problems or weight loss.
Cricopharyngeal achalasia as a cause of respiratory distress in infancy.