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Patients with achalasia often need repeat procedures, usually balloon dilatation

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1065

Achalasia is a rare disorder of oesophageal motility that causes obstruction at the lower end of the oesophagus, resulting in dysphagia, regurgitation, and chest pain. The main treatment options are pneumatic dilatation, which is done as a day case, and surgical myotomy, which requires a general anaesthetic …

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