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Difficulty Swallowing or Dysphagia

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:27 / By Andrew Rynne

Difficulty Swallowing or Dysphagia

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Difficulty Swallowing or Dysphagia

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For difficulty in swallowing to be of concern it needs to be a chronic recurring thing. Any of us can have occasional difficulty like trying to swallow a large tablet without sufficient water to drink. Or eating too quickly without chewing your food properly. That is not what we are addressing in this short post. We are looking at long-term or chronic Dysphagia.

There are mainly two causes for difficulty in swallowing; those within the oesophagus or food pipe itself and those from outside the oesophagus. Causes for difficulty in swallowing from outside of the food pipe are usually neurological conditions.

Causes from inside the oesophagus:

  • Lower end oesophagitis usually caused by reflux covered elsewhere on this website.
  • Oesophageal varicose veins. These are caused by back pressure from the liver typically in alcoholic sclerosis.
  • Pressure on the oesophageal wall from outside lesion. For example nodes form lymphoma.
  • Oesophageal cancer.

Causes for difficulty in swallowing from outside the Oesophagus – neurological causes

  • Post Polio Syndrome.
  • Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Muscular Dystrophy.
  • Parkinson ’s disease.
  • Myasthenia Gravis.

The treatment of difficulty swallowing

The treatment for difficulty swallowing will depend on the underlying cause. Diagnosis can often be made by asking the right questions and listening to what the patient is saying to you. Barium x-rays, ultrasound and gastroscopic examination will also help. It is important not to forget Myasthenia Gravis as a possible cause for difficulty swallowing because this is often overlooked.

If you are worried about a difficulty in swallowing our team of doctors will help you now. Discrete, fast and affordable.

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