Steakhouse syndrome is a condition in which a mass of food (called a bolus) becomes stuck in the lower part of the esophagus. The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach.
This condition can be easily treated. Contact your doctor if you think you may have steakhouse syndrome.
This condition happens when a mass of food, usually meat, blocks the passageway of the esophagus.
Risk factors include:
Symptoms may include:
These symptoms may be due to other conditions. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.
Your doctor will:
If the bolus does not pass into the stomach on its own, your doctor may consider treatment, such as:
If the bolus still does not pass, the doctor may remove it from your esophagus. She will use an endoscope to locate the bolus. Once the bolus has been found, tools (eg, snares, forceps, net) are passed down the endoscope to remove the bolus. In some case, the bolus may move into the stomach during the procedure.
Often, the doctor will also look for underlying conditions that may have put you at risk for this problem.
To help reduce your chance of getting steakhouse syndrome, take the following steps:
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
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Last reviewed September 2012 by Peter Lucas, MD
Last Updated: 09/30/2012