Achalasia associated with five-fold higher risk for esophageal cancer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Achalasia was associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer among a cohort of veterans, suggesting the need for increased endoscopic surveillance, according to a presenter at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.“Achalasia is a postulated risk factor for esophageal cancer. The suggested cause of pathophysiology relates to stasis esophagitis,” Eric E. Low, MD, MPH, an internal medicine resident at the University of California, San Diego, said. “Esophageal cancer-associated risk and outcomes in individuals with achalasia have been understudied,Read More

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