What are the effects of achalasia on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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With the partial ganglion cell loss in patients with achalasia, edrophonium (acetylcholine esterase inhibitor) increases LES pressure while atropine (muscarinic antagonist) decreases LES pressure. This characteristic likely explains why the botulinum toxin (acetylcholine release inhibitor) may have therapeutic benefit in patients with achalasia.


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