What is the morbidity of achalasia?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Achalasia is associated with significant and progressive symptomatic discomfort. When advanced, this condition can lead to such severe dysphagia that malnutrition, weight loss, and dehydration can develop. Increased incidence of both esophageal squamous cell and adenocarcinoma is observed in patients with long-standing achalasia. Therapeutic procedures and operations are associated with a small but significant risk of mortality and morbidity.


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