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February 1965

Achalasia of the Esophagus in Childhood

Author Affiliations

ATLANTA
From the departments of radiology, Emory University School of Medicine, and The Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children. Fellow in Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine (Dr. Sorsdahl); Associate Professor, Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine, and Radiologist, The Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children (Dr. Gay).

Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(2):141-146. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020143009
Abstract

ACHALASIA is rare in childhood. Only 5% of patients with achalasia have the onset of symptoms before 14 years of age, and of this group, only half of the patients have the diagnosis of achalasia established by 14 years of age.7,8 Achalasia can occur in the very young.10 One case has been described in an infant 4 weeks of age.4 There is no apparent peak age for onset of symptoms in childhood achalasia.

The present communication reports the clinical and roentgenologic features of three cases of childhood achalasia along with a brief review of the literature

Report of Cases  Case 1.—Patient 1, an 8½-year-old white male, was admitted to The Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children on Nov 8, 1938, with chief complaints of vomiting and loss of weight. He had apparently been in good health until 1½ years previously at the age of 7 when his appetite

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