Achalasia presenting as acute stridor
Dunlop SP., Travis SPL.
We report a case of achalasia presenting as acute strider and respiratory distress in an 87-year-old woman. A mega-oesophagus was decompressed by aspiration through a naso-oesophageal tube, stiffened with paediatric endoscopic biopsy forceps before placement. Subsequent barium swallow showed mega-oesophagus secondary to achalasia causing tracheal compression at the level of the thoracic inlet. There have been 28 previous case reports of mega-oesophagus due to achalasia causing tracheal obstruction and the literature is reviewed. Recognition and urgent treatment of this very rare complication of achalasia by naso-oesophageal decompression may avoid fatality.