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Hi. My brother was diagnosed with Achalasia. What is that? He has difficulties with swallowing liquids and solids and he coughs. Sometimes his chest hurts. What are his treatment options?

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Hi. Achalasia is a disorder of the the tube that forces food from your mouth to the stomach, characterized by loss of contraction of muscles that carries food through your digestive tract. Treatment should prevent further complications. Therapy includes injections with botulinum toxin to prevent spasms and meds. Meds can lower the pressure at the lower esophagus sphincter. Sometimes, surgery is needed to decrease that pressure. Surgeries are usually very effective. Dilation alone has a temporary effect.
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