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At Boston Medical Center, we pride ourselves on the ability to diagnose and treat esophageal disorders using the most advanced therapies. We do so in an environment of caring and compassion, where our priority is the well-being of you and your family.

What is Achalasia?

Achalasia is a rare swallowing disorder characterized by two problems with the esophagus. The first is a lack of peristalsis, which is the involuntary process of propelling food from your mouth to your stomach. The second is a failure of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to relax. Achalasia literally means "failure to relax." It occurs mostly in men and women between the ages of 25 and 60, and affects both sexes equally. The incidence of achalasia is about 1 in 100,000 people a year.

What are the Symptoms of Achalasia?

Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitation
  • Weight loss
  • Chest pain
  • Hiccups or difficulty burping
  • Weight loss

What are the Causes?

The causes of achalasia are not fully understood.

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