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What Is Achalasia?

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What Is Achalasia?

Achalasia is an esophageal motility condition that affects 1 in 100,000 people and has no cure.  If you have been experiencing common symptoms of achalasia or were recently diagnosed with the disorder, you probably want to know more about it. In this article, we dive into the ins and outs of achalasia including what it is, the symptoms presented, how it’s diagnosed, and the most common methods of treatment.

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Understanding Achalasia: Definition, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

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Understanding Achalasia: Definition, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

At this point, most of us are familiar with GERD, a condition in which acid splashes back up from the stomach into the esophagus, resulting in frequent reflux. GERD is caused by a weakened lower esophageal sphincter, the valve between your stomach and esophagus. When the valve isn’t tight enough, it allows acid and food to travel back up.

Most surgeries used to combat GERD involve tightening the LES, but it’s all about finding the right balance. Tighten it too much, and you’ll find yourself dealing with the disorder on the other end of the spectrum: achalasia.

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