A CASE OF ACHALASIA MISDIAGNOSED AS UVULITIS IN A 41 YEAR OLD WOMAN
Inah G. B.*, Ani N. and Kajogbola G. A.
The rarity of achalasia in Nigeria and its misconceptualized knowledge and treatment may result in missed diagnosis with the attendant risk of malignant transformation. This is a case report of a 41 year old woman diagnosed with achalasia, confirmed using various radiological modalities but previously misdiagnosed as a case of Uvulitis. The role of the physician and radiologist in contributing to intense medical awareness with a bid to discourage the ancient practice of crude uvulvectomy cannot be over emphasized. Prevention of complications and death from preventable pathologies like achalasia should be the ultimate goal of every physician.
Keywords: Achalasia, lower eosophageal sphincter, uvulitis.
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