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High Resolution Images:Achalasia Cardiae
The endoscopic images in this site are mostly quite compressed in order to make the transmissions times as short as possible. Sometimes it is however nice to have high resolution images, for example for publications, text books or lectures. In these "high resolution files" some larger images are displayed.
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Achalasia cardiae is a motility disorder of the oesophagus, where there is a nerve degeneration in the Auerbach´s plexus, causing inability of the lower oesophageal sphincter in the cardia region to relax. In oesophageal x-ray examanations a dilatation of the oesophagus is seen, and the contrast stays in the oesophagus for a long time. Endoscopy is important in order to exclude other causes of dysphagia. Endoscopic examination often shows a quite normal cardia, and in less severe cases the endoscopic diagnose is not easy. A constant spasm just above the cardia - like in these images - region can be visualized but the passage of the endoscope into the stomach is usually not difficult.
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