Inability to Swallow Overview
Another name for Inability to Swallow is Difficulty Swallowing.
What is difficulty swallowing?
A person with dysphagia has difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia may range from mild discomfort during swallowing, to a complete inability to swallow. Dysphagia can be caused by irritation of the esophagus, or weakness in the muscles of the esophagus. Dysphagia is more common in people over 50. The most common cause is gastroesophageal reflux disease. Less common causes include stroke, esophageal cancer, and other neurological diseases.
What are the symptoms of difficulty swallowing?
Symptoms that occur with difficulty swallowing include sore throat, cough, heartburn, excessive drooling, difficulty breathing, hoarse voice, difficulty speaking, weight loss, and headache. Additional symptoms that may occur with difficulty swallowing due to stroke include arm or leg weakness or numbness, facial weakness, difficulty walking, difficulty speaking, confusion, and changes in vision.
How does the doctor treat difficulty swallowing?
Treatment for difficulty swallowing may include antacids, acid blocker medications, and endoscopy for dysphagia. Surgery may be an option for some patients.
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