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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1], Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Ahmed Younes M.B.B.CH [2]

Overview

CT scan may show dilatation of the esophagus with air fluid levels in long-standing cases. CT scan may be used to exclude pseudoachalasia, or achalasia symptoms resulting from a different cause, usually esophageal cancer.

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  • CT scan may show dilatation of the esophagus with air fluid levels in long-standing cases.[1]
  • CT scan may be used to exclude pseudoachalasia, or achalasia symptoms resulting from a different cause, usually esophageal cancer.
CT scan of a 40 year old male showing dilation of the esophageal diameter and air fluid levels. The lower lung lobes are showing consolidation patches due to aspiration pneumonia - Case courtesy of Dr Hani Salam, Radiopaedia.org, rID: 8831

References

  1. Rabushka LS, Fishman EK, Kuhlman JE (1991). "CT evaluation of achalasia". J Comput Assist Tomogr. 15 (3): 434–9. PMID 2026805. 



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