The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 85, Issue 8, pp 673–675 | Cite as

Achalasia Cardia in a Young Infant

  • V. PoornachandEmail author
  • K. Kumarasamy
  • S. P. Karamath
  • V. Seenivasan
  • Sumathi Bavanandam
  • Nirmala Dheivamani
Clinical Brief


Achalasia cardia is an esophageal motility disorder rarely reported in children and more so in young infants. Common clinical presentations include vomiting, dysphagia, regurgitation, recurrent pulmonary aspiration and failure to thrive. Diagnosis is made by barium swallow study and esophageal manometry, which is the gold standard test. Pharmocological management and endotherapy often fails and results in recurrence of symptoms. Laparoscopic Hellers myotomy, with or without anti-reflux procedure is the standard treatment of choice for children. Per-oral endoscopic myotomy is utilized for treatment of achalasia in adults, but its safety, efficacy, and feasibility is not studied in children.


Motility disorder Failure to thrive Recurrent regurgitation 



PV: Principle observer; KK, KSP and SV: Case study and follow up; SB and ND: Speciality advice, manometry study and endoscopy. KK will act as guarantor for this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Institute of Child Health and Hospital for ChildrenMadras Medical CollegeChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Institute of Child Health and Hospital for ChildrenMadras Medical CollegeChennaiIndia

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