Tests will be done to diagnose achalasia. These tests will also look for other conditions that could be causing the symptoms.
The study is generally painless. Some people with achalasia experience discomfort, similar to what they feel when swallowing foods or liquids.
Endoscopy is an outpatient procedure. You will be sedated as the doctor passes a flexible tube down your esophagus. He or she will look at the lining of the esophagus and stomach. A piece of tissue (biopsy) may be taken to be examined under a microscope.
Balloon dilation, a treatment for achalasia, can be done during endoscopy.
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