Original Article: PDF OnlyEsophageal AchalasiaSAUNDERLIN, GEORGE, BSN, RNAuthor Information George Saunderlin, BSN, RN, is a staff nurse is the endoscopy suite at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond. Virginia. Gastroenterology Nursing: April 1993 - Volume 15 - Issue 5 - p 191-196 Buy Abstract Achalasia is a disorder of the esophagus characterized by loss of esophageal motllity and elevated lower esophageal sphincter pressure. The etiology of this rare disease is unknown, and there is no cure. This article describes the disorder and the palliative treatments currently available. Nursing care of the individual with achalasia also is presented. © The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates 1993. All Rights Reserved.