Congenital cricopharyngeal achalasia treatment by dilatations

O. Z. Lernau, E. Sherzer, P. Mogle, S. Nissan

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An infant with cricopharyngeal achalasia, recurrent aspiration pneumonia, and severe failure to thrive was fed for 5 months through a nasogastric tube. She responded promptly to dilatations of the spastic cricopharyngeal muscle. Normal oral feedings followed the treatment with progressive weight gain and no further pulmonary complications over a follow-up period of 1 1/2 years. Dilatations were used in the infant described here, in analogy to the well-known success of treatment by dilatations in infants with achalasia of the lower esophagus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-203
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • Cricopharyngeal achalasia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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