Difficulty Swallowing is also known as dysphagia. Difficulty swallowing is an indication of a problem with the oesophagus or throat. Symptoms are:
• Problems getting food or liquids go down the throat
• Gagging or choking while swallowing
• Feeling of food stuck in your throat or chest
• Have pain while swallowing
• Pressure in your chest or heartburn
HOW IS DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is usually carried out by the general physician who will conduct a Barium X ray or an endoscopy to check the entire oesophagus. Also, a manometry may be conducted to check the insides of the throat.
HOW IS DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING TREATED?
The treatment of the condition includes carrying out a procedure known as esophageal dilation which can expand a tightened oesophagus. This is done by placing a small balloon in the area. Surgery to remove scar tissue can also help.
DID YOU KNOW?
Swallowing difficulty can result from the following:
• Disorders of the brain or nervous system
• Disorders of the muscles in general
• Disorders of the esophagus (a physical blockage or a motility