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USMLE MCQ: What is the treatment for Achalasia?

USMLE MCQ: What is the treatment for Achalasia?

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ANSWER:

Achalasia

– decreased ganglion cells in Auerbach’s plexus

– absence of peristalsis and esophageal dilation

– Bird’s beak on Barium swallow

– manometry shows no peristalsis

– high LES pressures/failure to relax

– Rx: laparoscopic or thoracoscopic Heller myotomy

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