Achalasia Treated by Doctors at Mercy in Baltimore

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Gastroenterologists at The Center for Heartburn and Reflux Disease at Mercy are dedicated to treating esophagus disorders, including achalasia, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal cancer, as well as heartburn and GERD.

About the Condition

Achalasia is caused by a malfunction of the muscle located between the esophagus and stomach. When this muscle does not open and close properly, food backs up into the esophagus. Achalasia can be managed through proper treatment options. 

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Achalasia symptoms include:

Achalasia can be diagnosed by conducting:

  • Endoscopy procedures
  • Barium swallow test in which an X-ray is taken to track the movement of food after a barium solution is swallowed
  • Manometry to measure the timing and strength of esophageal contractions  
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Patient Stories
Patient receives treatment at Mercy's Center for Digestive Health and Liver Disease


A patient of a team of Mercy doctors shares his struggle with achalasia, a condition that makes swallowing difficult.