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Definition: 'Cricopharyngeal Achalasia'

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cricopharyngeal achalasia

Type: Term

Definitions:
1. functional obstruction at the level of the upper esophageal sphincter due to failure of relaxation of the cricopharyngeal muscle; often associated with a pharyngoesophageal diverticulum.

Synonyms: achalasia of the upper sphincter, hypertensive upper esophageal sphincter

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