Achalasia Treated by Doctors at Mercy in Baltimore

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 Achalasia

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.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

Achalasia symptoms include:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Vomiting undigested food
  • Heartburn
  • Weight loss

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
The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy provides diagnosis and treatment for a range of gastroenterology issues including heartburn, liver disease, bowel conditions, motility disorders and pancreatic disease.