(Difficulty Swallowing [Esophagus])
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
Dysphagia is a problem that happens when you swallow. It’s hard to get food down the tube that goes from the mouth to the stomach. The tube is called the esophagus.
Esophageal dysphagia may be caused by:
Risk Factors TOP
Your chances of esophageal dysphagia are higher for:
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history.
You may have:
Treatment depends on the cause. You may need:
The best way to prevent esophageal dysphagia is to treat what’s causing it.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Dysphagia Research Society
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist
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Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 8/14/2018
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