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Causes difficulty in swallowing which gradually gets worse. This is caused by failure of the oesophagus to contract properly thus limiting the passage of food and drinks down to the stomach.

Presentation

For most people there is no symptoms

For others it could include

Regurgitation/ bringing back undigested food.

Heart burn

choking

Symptoms of achalasia

Weight loss

It could lead to cancer hence the need for further investigations and treatment.

Treatment

There is no cure for achalasia, but treatment can help relieve the symptoms and make swallowing easier.

Symptomatic management with medications, botox

surgery - under general anaesthetic, the muscle fibres in the ring of muscle that lets food into your stomach are cut.

When do you get in touch with Sandsclinic?

If you have any swallowing difficulties, we should be able to review and investigate / refer when necessary.