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Achalasia: an unusual cause of airway obstruction
  1. S R Bruijns,
  2. A Hicks
  1. Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  1. Dr S R Bruijns, Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK; scbruijns{at}


Achalasia is a disorder of the lower oesophageal sphincter and the smooth musculature of the oesophageal body. Although oesophageal obstruction is common, concurrent airway obstruction is exceptional. A case is presented of a 79-year-old woman admitted to the emergency department requiring intubation following out-of-hospital airway obstruction and subsequent respiratory arrest.

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Patient consent: Obtained.

  • Contributors: SRB had the original idea, collected the data and wrote the first draft. AH contributed to the final draft. SRB is the guarantor of this paper.