What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a term that means “difficulty swallowing,” which can occur when attempting to swallow foods, liquids, or even saliva. Occasional dysphagia can occur when eating too quickly or too much, but chronic dysphagia can point to more serious conditions.

What Causes Dysphagia?

Difficulty swallowing can occur for many reasons. Dysphagia could be caused by esophageal conditions, such as esophagitis or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), aging, or neurological disorders.

What are the Symptoms of Dysphagia?

Symptoms of dysphagia include:
  • Difficulty or inability to swallow
  • Pain while swallowing
  • Coughing or gagging when swallowing
  • Drooling
  • Regurgitation or reflux
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Hoarse throat
  • A sensation that food is stuck

What is the Treatment for Dysphagia

Treating dysphagia depends on the cause. Your doctor may recommend esophageal dilation, medication, or surgery.

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Prevention & Treatment

Esophageal Dilation

A procedure that stretches the esophagus through dilation or an air-filled balloon by endoscope. Learn more about this procedure and schedule an appointment with a Gastro Health physician at a convenient location.

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