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This is a barium meal study.
Non-specific bowel gas pattern is noted in the reference picture.
The esophagus is significantly dilated showing a tapering end of the distal part giving the bird-beak appearance.
The stomach was opacified with the contrast showing normal outlines.
Normal passage of contrast was noted through the pylorus into the stomach. No evidence of pyloric stenosis.
Normal opacification of the duodenum. No evidence of intestinal malrotation.
Esophageal achalasia can be seen in children as early as 5 months up to 16 years old. Dysphagia and vomiting are common complaints. Barium contrast study of the esophagus is the initial diagnostic modality.
- Hussain SZ, Thomas R, Tolia V. A review of achalasia in 33 children. (2002) Digestive diseases and sciences. 47 (11): 2538-43. Pubmed