What is Dysphagia ?
Dysphagia is difficulty in swallowing either liquid or solid. More efforts and time required to move food from your mouth to your stomach. Dysphagia may or may not be associated with pain.
When there is disturbance in swallowing process dysphagia occurs. Following are causes of dysphagia:
Infants and children may have the following additional symptoms:
Diagnosis of cause of dysphagia requires detailed history, physical examination and variety of tests. These tests include an upper GI endoscopy (EGD) with or without biopsy, Barium swallow or an esophageal muscle function test (manometry).
Treatment options for dysphagia depends on the particular cause
Consult your doctor if you are experiencing difficulty with swallowing. Visit the nearest emergency department if impacted food / foreign body cause an inability to swallow or difficulty in breathing.