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Symptoms of Achalasia
Symptoms of achalasia can occur between the ages of 25 and 60. Symptoms rarely develop in children. Symptoms tend to be mild at first, and then grow worse over months or years. The main symptom is difficulty swallowing solids and, as the disorder progresses, liquids. As many as 70% to 97% of patients with achalasia have difficulty swallowing both solids and liquids.
Other symptoms may include:
- Discomfort or pain in the chest (under the breastbone, especially after meals)
- Coughing, especially when lying down
- Weight loss (as the disorder progresses)
- Vomiting or regurgitating food or liquids-In some people, this occurs during sleep. This can result in inhalation of food particles or liquid, which can lead to Aspiration Pneumonia and other respiratory infections.
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