GI Health | Difficulty Swallowing/ Dysphagia
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Symptoms and Treatment

What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia may also be associated with pain. In some cases, swallowing may be impossible. Persistent dysphagia may indicate a serious medical condition requiring treatment. Dysphagia can occur at any age, but is more common in older adults. If you have dysphagia or difficulty swallowing, see a GI doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Causes

  • Eosinophilic esophagitis – food allergies
  • Peptic stricture – narrowing of the esophagus from heartburn
  • Schatzki’s ring – a congenital narrowing at the bottom of the esophagus
  • Dysmotility – abnormality of the esophagus muscles
  • Esophagus cancer

Diagnosis

Your GI doctor will perform a physical examination and use a variety of tests to determine the cause dysphagia, including X-ray, upper endoscopy, muscle tests and imaging scans.

Treatment

Treatment for dysphagia depends on how severe the condition is, and can include exercises to train the esophagus muscles, esophageal dilation, surgery and medication.

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