Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Heller's myotomy several years prior. Weight loss and unable to eat normal sized meals. Hypokalaemic.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

The oesophagus is grossly dilated with food residue from the cervical oesophagus down to the gastro-oesophageal junction.

Collapsed normal stomach.

Lungs clear.

Case Discussion

A gross example of achalasia, which was unresponsive to a Heller's procedure.

This degree of dilatation is typically even evident on a chest x-ray, due to widening of the mediastinal contour.

A barium swallow is conventionally undertaken which demonstrates adynamic motility in addition to a dilated oesophagus and gastro-oesophageal junction obstruction.

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Case information

rID: 53145
Published: 3rd May 2017
Last edited: 4th May 2017
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