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.
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Esophageal dysphagia may be caused by:
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 June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD Last Updated: 8/14/2018