What is the prognosis of achalasia?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Answer

Achalasia is a progressive disease that requires chronic therapy. Depending on the rate and extent of disease progression, therapy might include endoscopic and surgical interventions. Advanced achalasia can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, and aspiration.

Even after therapy, patients continue to have mild symptoms related to aperistaltic esophagus and, thus, will want to still follow careful eating habits.


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