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Symptoms

  • Gagging, choking or coughing upon swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or liquids after swallowing
  • The sensation that food is stuck in your throat or chest
  • Difficulty swallowing food or liquids
  • Pain or pressure when swallowing
  • Weight loss

FAQ: When is dysphagia a serious problem?

Most people experience trouble swallowing once or twice. However, if it becomes frequent, it can be a sign of a serious underlying condition that needs to be addressed.

What are the causes of dysphagia?

  • GERD
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophageal tumors
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Nervous symptom problems
  • A brain or spinal cord injury
  • A stroke
Difficulty Swallowing Treatment

What to expect at your doctor's appointment

If you complain of dysphagia, your physician will attempt to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms. To that end, he or she will perform:

X-rays. Images of your throat, esophagus, neck or chest can aid in a diagnosis.

Laryngoscopy. Using a fiber-optic scope or mirror, your doctor will examine the back of your throat.

Endoscopy. A thin, flexible scope will be placed in your mouth and down your throat to examine your esophagus, stomach and upper intestines. If any abnormality is found, a piece of tissue may be removed for a biopsy.

Treatment: Addressing the cause of your swallowing problems

Your treatment plan will be designed to address the underlying cause of your dysphagia. In most cases, this will include a combination of the following:

Dilation. If your esophagus has narrowed in some areas, it can be carefully expanded with dilation.

Surgery. If a tumor or growth is blocking your esophagus and causing your swallowing problems, it will need to be removed with surgery.

Medications. If your challenges are related to GERD or esophagitis, prescription-strength medications will be administered.

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