Achalasia in Zimbabwean blacks.

Stein CM, Gelfand M, Taylor HG
S Afr Med J. 1985 67 (7): 261-2

PMID: 3983775

The incidence and clinical features of achalasia in Zimbabwe have not previously been documented. During a 10-year period (1974-1983) 25 cases were seen in Bulawayo and Harare. The estimated incidence is 0,03/100 000 members of the population per year, which is much less than the incidence in Europe and America. Achalasia occurred at any age and there was a preponderance of cases in males. Dysphagia was invariable and its duration varied from 2 weeks to 15 years. Parotid enlargement was found in 2 patients and respiratory infections occurred relatively frequently. The importance of excluding oesophageal carcinoma is emphasized.

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Adolescent Adult African Americans African Continental Ancestry Group Aged Age Factors Child Child, Preschool Esophageal Achalasia Female Humans Infant Male Middle Aged Sex Factors Zimbabwe

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