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Why Choose Florida Hospital?

One of the most rare esophageal disorders, achalasia usually occurs in adults between the ages 25-55, but may also occur in children. Because the disorder results in failure to relax and narrowing of the esophagus, achalasia makes swallowing difficult and can cause chest pain and discomfort. Using leading edge therapies and surgical procedures, the physicians at Florida Hospital Digestive Health Center have the expertise to treat achalasia. If you exhibit the symptoms of achalasia, make an appointment with your Florida Hospital physician today.

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About Achalasia

The esophagus is the tube-like passage that starts at the back of the throat and continues to the stomach. At the bottom of the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is the muscular ring that opens and contracts to let food and liquid flow from the esophagus to the stomach. Patients with achalasia experience difficulty swallowing because the LES does not relax properly. Over time, this dysfunction causes the lower section of the esophagus to narrow and tighten. In addition, achalasia causes poor motility of the esophagus, so it is difficult to push food down the esophagus.

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