When does squamous cell carcinoma typically develop in achalasia?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Squamous cell carcinoma usually develops several years after the diagnosis of achalasia. The risk typically starts increasing after approximately 10 years of having the disease process. At the time of diagnosis, the esophagus usually is dilated, and the tumor is advanced.


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