amiekendall By amiekendall, 15th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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What is achalasia?
At first it may only cause a minor problem, and often goes unnoticed. However, over time someone with achalasia finds it increasingly difficult to swallow food and liquid. This is because the muscles in the oesophagus become rigid, preventing food from entering the body.
Treatment and recovery
A chest X-ray or a barium meal may suggest the diagnosis. This is usually confirmed during endoscopy, when a fibre-optic camera is used to look inside the gullet and stomach.

Initially, symptoms can be improved temporarily by dilating the narrowed part of the gullet to allow food to pass more easily. This can be achieved by inflating a small balloon in the narrowed section to stretch it.

Performing an operation in which the muscle is surgically cut to prevent further obstruction can treat most cases of achalasia. This operation is called a myotomy and its success rate is 85 to 95 per cent.



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i work 35 hours a week i am 23 yrs old i like to write reead and crochet. i am also studying bookkeeping and accounts. i lso write about what is in the news and poetry, i am writing for triond for over a year but not getting much from them.

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