Achalasia: What Is Happening?

Q:
What will happen if someone gets achalasia?

A:
Achalasia is rare. Approximately 1 in 100,000 people will get it.

Normal people

Everyone has a muscle between the esophagus the tube which food passes through — and the stomach. The muscle is supposed to open to let food and liquids flow into the stomach. Your esophagus also helps move food down into the stomach.

Patient with achalasia

If you have achalasia, neither of these processes work well. The esophagus can’t open normally to push food down. Also, the valve doesn’t open up completely. This causes food to get caught at the base of the esophagus.

 

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