Achalasia: Dilation, injection or surgery?

Alberto Peracchia, Luigi Bonavina

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Achalasia results from irreversible alterations of the esophageal myenteric plexus. The target of treatment in this setting is to reduce lower esophageal sphincter resistance to passage of the bolus. Definitive treatment of the disease requires pneumatic dilation or Heller myotomy. Although no controlled studies comparing modern endoscopic and surgical techniques are available, laparoscopic surgery is emerging as the initial intervention of choice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-443
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2000


  • Achalasia
  • Botulinum toxin
  • Fundoplication
  • Lower esophageal sphincter
  • Myotomy
  • Pneumatic dilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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