Current approach to the treatment of achalasia.

  title={Current approach to the treatment of achalasia.},
  author={Joseph G. Cheatham and Roy K. H. Wong},
  journal={Current gastroenterology reports},
  volume={13 3},
Achalasia is a primary esophageal motility disorder characterized by aperistalsis and incomplete or absent relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The cause of the disease remains elusive and there is no intervention that improves the esophageal body function. Currently, treatment options focus on palliation of symptoms by reducing the LES pressure. The most effective and well-tolerated treatments continue to be the laparoscopic Heller myotomy and endoscopic pneumatic dilation… CONTINUE READING
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