September is Achalasia Awareness Month: How Will You Spread Awareness?
August 28, 2014
Achalasia is a rare, incurable and progressive esophageal motility disease with only palliative treatment. Achalasia sufferers have damage to the nerves of the esophagus which makes swallowing and the passing of food and liquid into the stomach extremely difficult. It is of unknown etiology.
Within the diagnosis of Achalasia there are three types, l, ll and lll, which compounds its complexity. Approximately 1 in 100,000 people in the US suffer from this disease. With a population of approximately 345,000,000 people, that translates to a few thousand sufferers. To add to the frustration of this disease, most doctors will never see a case of it in their entire careers. Thus it is most often misdiagnosed causing years of pain and struggle.
There is a desperate need for research and awareness to bring this disease to the public and in turn to medical personnel so that those with Achalasia can procure timely diagnosis and treatment.
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