Achalasia Cardia: A Mimicker of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in a High-Burden Setting
BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries account for more than two-thirds of the global tuberculosis burden. Tuberculosis is a common diagnosis in patients presenting with chronic respiratory symptoms in these high-burden countries, which results in other diseases being missed easily. The national tuberculosis elimination program encourages to start antitubercular treatment on a clinical basis even without any confirmatory evidence. This has resulted in missing many nontuberculosis cases and unnecessarily exposing to adverse effects of antitubercular drugs. Here we report one such instance where achalasia cardia was missed for a long time.
02 December 2020 (online)
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