Dysphagia refers to difficulties during the swallowing process. There are two main types:
This article focuses on esophageal dysphagia.
Esophagus and Stomach
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A number of conditions can cause esophageal dysphagia, such as:
Many conditions and factors may increase your risk of esophageal dysphagia, like:
The doctor will:
Tests may include:
Treatment may include:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Last reviewed October 2011 by Daus Mahnke, MD
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