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Achalasia Causes & Symptoms

Causes

Causes of achalasia are not well understood. Factors such as viral or parasitic infections have been considered as potential causes.

Symptoms

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Regurgitation of food and fluid after eating or during the night
  • Chest pain and/or pressure after eating
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic cough due to aspiration of food or fluid from the esophagus into the trachea (windpipe)
  • Pneumonia due to aspiration of food or fluid from the esophagus into the trachea (windpipe)