Heartburn is a symptom of both acid reflux and the rare disease achalasia. Knowing which condition you have is important because the treatments are different — and getting the right one is vital to your long-term health.
Achalasia is a rare disorder that causes people to have trouble swallowing their food. Find out more about how several treatment options can help control the symptoms.
Food sustains us, so a diagnosis of achalasia — a rare condition in which the esophagus cannot move food into the stomach — can be overwhelming. The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects our throat and stomach. When someone has achalasia, the valve at the lower end of the esophagus – the lower esophageal … Read More
Today, many GI tract diseases that once required surgery can be treated without incisions. Two such conditions include achalasia, a swallowing disorder, and early-stage gastric and esophageal cancers. The techniques use specially equipped endoscopes, instruments that allow doctors to perform procedures by going through the patient’s mouth. The doctors then use surgical tools attached to … Read More
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The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects your throat to your stomach. Achalasia is an uncommon condition in which the esophagus is unable to move food and sometimes liquids into the stomach. When people have this condition, a valve located at the end of the stomach — the lower esophageal sphincter — stays closed … Read More