What conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of achalasia?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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When considering a diagnosis of achalasia, the differential diagnosis includes Chagas disease secondary to Trypanosoma cruzi infection and pseudoachalasia from gastroesophageal junction tumors. An early form of achalasia, known as vigorous achalasia, can be confused with diffuse esophageal spasm.


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