Achalasia is one of the earliest recognized gastroenterological conditions.
However, several centuries after it was first described, it remains also among the least understood.
One of the main reasons for this is the relative rarity of the disease, which has resulted in limited opportunities to conduct investigative research.
Few epidemiological studies have been conducted to date, and their data suggest a worldwide incidence estimated at between 0.03-1.1/105/yr.
This review of the literature on the epidemiology of achalasia lends support to the idea that pooling of resources and collaboration at an international level is required, if any significant progress in the cause, treatment, and prevention of the disease is to be made.
Mots-clés Pascal : Achalasie, Oesophage, Incidence, Evolution, Epidémiologie, Revue bibliographique, Homme, Appareil digestif pathologie, Oesophage pathologie, Maladie congénitale, Malformation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Achalasia, Esophagus, Incidence, Evolution, Epidemiology, Bibliographic review, Human, Digestive diseases, Esophageal disease, Congenital disease, Malformation
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0063309
Code Inist : 002B13A02. Création : 31/05/1999.