General information on Cricopharyngeal Achalasia
Cricopharyngeal achalasia is a rare swallowing disorder that stops food from passing from the pharynx into the esophagus normally.
The esophagus connects the mouth to the stomach. Food follows a path through the mouth into the esophagus then through the neck and chest, passing next to the heart through the diaphragm muscle and enters the stomach. The esophagus walls contain muscles, which contract in wave-like motions to push food into the stomach.
The muscle located between the mouth and the esophagus is called the Cricopharyngeal.
When the cricopharyngeal muscle will not relax it will close off the opening of the esophagus, thus preventing food from leaving the mouth. Cricopharyngeal achalasia is believed to be a disorder of the nerves controlling the cricopharyngeal muscle.
Symptoms of Cricopharyngeal Achalasia
Symptoms of Cricopharyngeal achalasia are usually seen in a puppy at the time of weaning. When eating a puppy will show repeated attempts to swallow the food until eventually it is swallowed. The puppy may also regurgitate or the food and in some cases, food might possibly lodge into the airway.
Treatments for Cricopharyngeal Achalasia
Cricopharyngeal achalasia can be treated with surgery to cut the cricopharyngeal muscle to allow the food to pass from the mouth to the esophagus without getting stuck.
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Cricopharyngeal Achalasia experience by - jan
zirconia nc usa
about 4 weeks ago my bouvier experiences of severe coughing and unable to drink water or food. she was taken to a speciiality clinic where she and videofluoroscopy and a mri. it was determined she had the above diease. i am trying to get in touch with dr. santley marks from the uc at davis but are unable to get him to return my calls or those of two referring drs. please if anyone has any information regarding this condition please let me know asap. i need help and direction.
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