Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)

What is Dysphagia?

Difficulty swallowing is also known as dysphagia and indicates an abnormality of the throat or esophagus. If you have a hard time swallowing on rare occasion, you probably do not have a medical problem. But if you have trouble swallowing on a regular basis, you may have a more serious problem that needs treatment.

Causes of Dysphagia

Causes of dysphagia include inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis or ulcer), strictures due to scar tissue, tumors of the esophagus, motility problems, and diverticula which are small sacs in the walls of the esophagus. Tests to evaluate dysphagia include upper endoscopy and a barium esophagram.

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