Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Megaesophagus Overview

Another name for Megaesophagus is Achalasia.

What is achalasia?
A person with achalasia has an abnormal esophagus that prevents food from passing into the stomach properly. The bottom of the esophagus does not open completely during swallowing.

What are the symptoms of achalasia?
Common symptoms of achalasia include chest pain after eating, difficulty swallowing, and upper abdominal pain.

How does the doctor treat achalasia?
In the treatment of achalasia, a doctor may prescribe medications, perform an upper GI endoscopy, or recommend surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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