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Are aschalasias usually cancerous in esophagus?

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Are aschalasias usually cancerous in the esophagus
Posted Sat, 20 Jul 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 5 hours later

Thank you for the query.

Esophageal achalasia is non-cancerous condition. It is caused by smooth muscles disorder in the lower part of the esophagus. It gives difficulty swallowing, regurgitation and chest pain. However it does not give cancer symptoms like loss of appetite, weakness, weight loss.
Achalasia can increase cancer risk due to constant regurgitation and inflammation. Such risk is about 1%.
So if you have been diagnosed with barium swallow and gastroscopy with biopsies, you should not worry about the cancer. Just have endoscopy every few years.
If you have had only barium swallow, gastroscopy should be done.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
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