Case contributed by Bahman Rasuli


Dysphagia and chest discomfort.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male
  • dilatation of the esophagus with smooth distal narrowing and tapering (bird beak appearance), characteristic of achalasia
  • normal mucosal pattern of the esophagus with no irregularities or ulceration
  • no evidence of hiatus hernia

Case Discussion

Barium swallow demonstrates dilatation of the esophagus with distal narrowing and tapering producing a bird beak appearance characteristic of esophageal achalasia.

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