Management of idiopathic achalasia: short-term and long-term outcomes.

  • B. Massey
  • Published 2000 in Current gastroenterology reports


This article reviews current trends in management of esophageal achalasia, highlighting short-term outcome and cost comparisons of three treatments: botulinum toxin injection, pneumatic dilation, and laparoscopic myotomy. The quality of life resulting from these palliative treatments is also discussed, as are long-term outcomes. 


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