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Chirurgia (Bucur). 2008 Sep-Oct;103(5):595-600.

Pseudo-achalasic behaviour of a middle thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

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  • 1Clinic of General and Esophageal Surgery, St. Mary Clinic Hospital, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest.


Pseudo-achalasia is a rare pathologic entity that mimics idiopathic achalasia, usually secondary to malignant infiltration of the cardia. Its significance is related to the fact that it may be difficult to distinguish from primary achalasia; the outcome and therapeutic course are different. In fact, a large variety of processes may be responsible for the development of a secondary achalasia syndrome; we present a case with pseudo-achalasia due to a middle thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

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