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Achalasia is a disease of the esophagus that mainly affects young adults. Abnormal function of nerves and muscles of the esophagus causes difficulty swallowing and sometimes chest pain.

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      • What is esophagitis?
      • What causes esophagitis?
      • What are the types of esophagitis?
      • What are the symptoms of esophagitis?
      • How is esophagitis diagnosed?
      • How is esophagitis treated?
      • What about esophagitis and diet?
      • What options are there for pain relief for esophagitis?
      • What are the complications of esophagitis?
      • Can esophagitis be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for esophagitis?
    • Esophageal Cancer Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the esophagus. Risk factors of cancer of the esophagus include...learn more »
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      • Esophageal cancer facts*
      • What is the esophagus?
      • What is cancer?
      • What are the types of esophageal cancer?
      • What are esophageal cancer causes and risk factors?
      • What are esophageal cancer symptoms and signs?
      • How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?
      • What are the stages of esophageal cancer?
      • What is the treatment for esophageal cancer?
      • Surgery
      • Radiation therapy
      • Chemotherapy
      • Should people get a second opinion after an esophageal cancer diagnosis?
      • What are the side effects of treatment for cancer of the esophagus?
      • What follow-up care is necessary during recovery?
      • Where can people get support for esophageal cancer?
      • How can people with esophageal cancer participate in clinical trials?
      • Where can people find more information about esophageal cancer?
    • Eosinophilic Esophagitis Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammation of the esophagus. Eosinophilic esophagitis has many causes including acid reflux,...learn more »
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      Eosinophilic Esophagitis Article
      • Eosinophilic esophagitis facts
      • What is and what causes eosinophilic esophagitis?
      • What are the symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis?
      • How does eosinophilic esophagitis cause dysphagia?
      • What are the other causes of dysphagia for solid food?
      • How is eosinophilic esophagitis diagnosed?
      • How is eosinophilic esophagitis treated?
      • What about elimination diets for treating eosinophilic esophagitis?
      • What is the future of eosinophilic esophagitis?
    • Vitiligo Vitiligo is a condition in which the skin turns white due to the loss of pigment from the melanocytes, cells that produce the...learn more »
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      Vitiligo Article
      • Vitiligo facts*
      • What is vitiligo, and what causes it?
      • Who is affected by vitiligo, and is vitiligo inherited?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of vitiligo?
      • Will the depigmented patches spread?
      • How is vitiligo diagnosed?
      • How can people cope with the emotional and psychological aspects of vitiligo?
      • What treatment options are available for vitiligo?
      • Medical therapies
      • Surgical therapies
      • Additional therapies
      • What research is being done on vitiligo?
      • Where can people find more information about vitiligo?
    • Dysphagia Dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing, swallowing problems. Dysphagia is due to problems in nerve or muscle control. It is...learn more »
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      Dysphagia Article
      • Dysphagia facts
      • What is dysphagia?
      • What causes dysphagia?
      • Physical obstruction of the pharynx or esophagus
      • Diseases of the brain
      • Diseases of the smooth muscle of the esophagus
      • Diseases of skeletal muscle of the pharynx
      • Miscellaneous diseases
      • Swallowing-related symptoms
      • Non-swallowing-related
      • What is the differential diagnosis for dysphagia?
      • How is dysphagia evaluated and the cause diagnosed?
      • How is dysphagia treated?
      • What is the prognosis for dysphagia?
      • What does the future offer for dysphagia?
    • The Digestion Process (Organs and Functions) Digestion is the complex process of turning food you eat into the energy you need to survive. The digestive process also involves...learn more »
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      The Digestion Process (Organs and Functions) Article
      • Digestion definition
      • What is digestion?
      • The mouth
      • The pharynx and esophagus
      • The stomach and small intestine
      • The colon, rectum, and anus
      • Three accessory digestive organs (pancreas, liver, gallbladder)

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  • Difficulty in Swallowing