A 57-year-old man presented with dysphagia in solids and liquids deteriorating in the last months and weight loss of 3 kg. A thoracic CT revealed a limit dilatation of the lower esophagus with food residue. An upper endoscopy was performed revealing bubble content and a contraction of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). A barium esophagogram demonstrated deceleration of esophageal emptying and a bird beak sign indicative of esophageal achalasia (Figure A). High resolution esophageal manometry was performed to evaluate the subtype of achalasia. The catheter could not be intubated into the stomach because of LES spasticity, it folded back cephalad at this level, producing a mirror image, the characteristic “butterfly wings” appearance of a folded manometry catheter (Figure B).


Esophageal Achalasia, High resolution manometry, Butterfly effect