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What You Need to Know

Achalasia is a rare disease that makes it hard to swallow foods and liquids.

Key Symptoms

Common symptoms include having trouble swallowing, losing weight and vomiting undigested food.


To make a diagnosis, your child's healthcare provider will look into the esophagus and do special tests to measure pressures inside the esophagus while a child is swallowing.


Achalasia often gets worse if it is not treated. Medicines are not very effective. Surgery is almost always recommended.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Prevention and Risk Assessment


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Meet the Providers Who Treat Achalasia

Patient Stories

Departments that Treat Achalasia

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Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery Program

Learn more about our program that was developed to streamline the care of patients with diseases and disorders of the lungs, mediastinum and esophagus by using the latest diagnostic, surgical and medical techniques based on best-practice guidelines.

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Comprehensive Motility Program

The Motility Program works to help treat a number of motility issues impacting your child's digestive tract, including abdominal pain, aspirating, constipation and incontinence. Learn more about our Comprehensive Motility Program.

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