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Symptoms

The symptoms of achalasia come on gradually. They may take years to progress.

Symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty swallowing solid food. Swallowing liquids is not affected in the early stages.

  • Regurgitation or vomiting of undigested food

  • Chest pain, discomfort, or fullness under the breastbone, especially following meals

  • Difficulty belching

  • Difficulty swallowing solids and liquids (late in the illness)

  • Weight loss (late in the illness)

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