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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Randomized controlled trial of botulinum toxin versus laparoscopic Heller myotomy for esophageal achalasia.
Treatment of esophageal achalasia with Heller myotomy: retrospective evaluation of patient satisfaction and disease-specific quality of life.
A 58-years-old black woman was referred for surgical management of symptomatic esophageal achalasia after failed pneumatic dilatation and botulinus toxin injections.
Clinical symptoms in esophageal achalasia are nonspecific; definitive diagnosis requires assessment with barium swallow exam and, in some cases, esophageal manometry.
Long-term results in surgically managed esophageal achalasia.
KEYWORDS: Idiopathic Esophageal Achalasia, Lower esophageal sphincter, Pneumatic balloon dilatation.