ACHALASIA is rare in childhood. Only 5% of patients with achalasia have the onset of symptoms before 14 years of age, and of this group, only half of the patients have the diagnosis of achalasia established by 14 years of age.7,8 Achalasia can occur in the very young.10 One case has been described in an infant 4 weeks of age.4 There is no apparent peak age for onset of symptoms in childhood achalasia.
The present communication reports the clinical and roentgenologic features of three cases of childhood achalasia along with a brief review of the literature
Report of Cases
Case 1.—Patient 1, an 8½-year-old white male, was admitted to The Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children on Nov 8, 1938, with chief complaints of vomiting and loss of weight. He had apparently been in good health until 1½ years previously at the age of 7 when his appetite