Achalasia

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad Taghi Niknejad

Presentation

Chest pain and cough.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female
CT

Esophagus is markedly dilated probably due to achalasia
A few atelectatic bands are scattered at both lung fields. 

Case Discussion

Achalasia is a failure of organized esophageal peristalsis causing impaired relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, and resulting in food stasis and often marked dilatation of the esophagus.

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