Chronic Dysphagia


What is chronic dysphagia? Chronic dysphagia is trouble swallowing. It occurs when you have trouble moving food or liquid down your esophagus to your stomach. It may occur when you eat, drink, or any time you try to swallow.

What causes chronic dysphagia?

What other signs and symptoms may occur with chronic dysphagia?

How is chronic dysphagia diagnosed? Your healthcare provider may ask if you only have trouble swallowing when you eat or drink, or any time you try to swallow. You may also need any of the following tests:

How is chronic dysphagia treated? Treatment will depend on the cause of your dysphagia. You may need medicine to reduce acid reflux or muscle spasms in your throat. You may also need any of the following:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek care immediately or call 911?


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