Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) means it takes more time and effort to move food or liquid from your mouth to your stomach. Dysphagia may also be associated with pain.
Symptoms: Symptoms associated with dysphagia may include: • Having pain while swallowing (odynophagia) •Being unable to swallow •Having the sensation of food getting stuck in your throat or chest or behind your breastbone (sternum) •Drooling •Being hoarse •Bringing food back up (regurgitation) •Having frequent heartburn •Having food or stomach acid back up into your throat.
Diagnosis: Tests may include: X-ray with a contrast material (barium X-ray), Dynamic swallowing study, A visual examination of your esophagus (endoscopy), Fiber-optic endoscopic swallowing evaluation, Esophageal muscle test and Imaging scans. Treatment: Treatment for dysphagia depends on the type or cause of your swallowing disorder Oropharyngeal dysphagia, Esophageal dysphagia, Severe dysphagia.