Achalasia and malrotation

R. Mark Beattie, Anil Dhawan and John W.L. Puntis

in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780198569862
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725968 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Achalasia and malrotation

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Achalasia 206

Malrotation and volvulus 207

This is a motility disorder in which there is impaired peristalsis in the oesophagus and the lower oesophageal sphincter fails to relax with swallowing. This leads to food being held up in the oesophagus. Presentation tends to be in late childhood/adult life. Prevalence is around 1 in 10 000....

Chapter.  683 words. 

Subjects: Gastroenterology ; Paediatrics

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