Achalasia

Achalasia is an esophagus disorder that prevents food from flowing from the mouth to the stomach properly.

Achalasia results from the nerves in the esophagus and lower esophageal valve being damaged or destroyed. This results in the esophagus emptying slowly into the stomach. The esophagus does not contract in a coordinated manner and the lower esophageal sphincter does not relax with swallowing.

Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty swallowing solids and liquids
  • Feeling of food getting stuck in the throat or chest
  • Coughing or choking during meals
  • Effortless regurgitation of undigested food 
  • Vomiting after or during eating
  • Chest pain
  • Heartburn
  • Weight Loss

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Esophageal Cancer Clinic

The Esophageal Cancer Clinic at Tufts Medical Center provides coordinated treatment including minimally invasive throat cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy to patients with esophageal cancer.
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Doctors + Care Team

Antonio D. Lassaletta, MD

Antonio D. Lassaletta, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Thoracic Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5589
Fax #: 617-636-9095

General thoracic and foregut surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, surgical robotics

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Kathryn Huber, MD, PhD

Kathryn Huber, MD, PhD

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Title(s): Radiation Oncologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiation Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6161
Fax #: 617-636-6131

Radiotherapy for cancers of the lung, gastrointestinal tract, breast and head and neck

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Laurence H. Brinckerhoff, MD

Laurence H. Brinckerhoff, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Chief, Thoracic Surgery; Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5589
Fax #: 617-636-9095

Thoracic surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, clinical trials, tumor immunology

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Mark J. Sterling, MD

Mark J. Sterling, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Advanced Endoscopist
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-9292

ERCP and EUS, pancreatico-biliary endoscopy including EUS guided biopsy, direct cholangioscopy and laser lithotripsy, deep small bowel enteroscopy including management of obscure GI bleeding, GI luminal stenting, endoscopic mucosal resection

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