achalasia

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achalasia

[‚ak·ə′lāzh·ē·ə]
(medicine)
Inability of a hollow muscular organ or ring of muscle (sphincter) to relax.
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The manometric findings in secondary achalasia may be indistinguishable from those in primary achalasia.
However, other radiographic findings (such as eccentricity, nodularity, angulation, straightening, or shouldering of the narrowed distal segment) should raise concern about the possibility of secondary achalasia (Figure 6).
Nevertheless, the cardia and fundus cannot be adequately evaluated on radiographic studies in many patients with secondary achalasia because of delayed emptying of barium from the esophagus (so, paradoxically, the stomach empties faster than it fills with barium).