Achalasia with massive oesophageal dilation causing tracheomalacia and asthma symptoms

Ana Gomez-Larrauri, Simon Galloway, Rob Niven

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Achalasia is an uncommon oesophageal motor disorder characterized by failure of relaxation of the lower oesophageal sphincter and muscle hypertrophy, resulting in a loss of peristalsis and a dilated oesophagus. Gastrointestinal symptoms are invariably present in all cases of achalasia observed in adults. We report a case of a 34 year-old female patient with long standing history of asthma-like symptoms, labelled as uncontrolled and steroid resistant asthma with no gastrointestinal manifestations. Thoracic CT scan revealed a massive oesophagus due to achalasia, which caused severe tracheomalacia as a result of tracheal compression. Her symptoms regressed completely after a laparoscopic Heller myotomy surgery intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-82
Number of pages3
JournalRespiratory Medicine Case Reports
Early online date18 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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