Dysphagia is the medical term for “difficulty swallowing”. This difficulty can be food not going down easily, pain when swallowing, coughing or gagging while swallowing, feeling as if the food is sticking in the throat or chest, etc. Any kind of difficulty swallowing needs immediate evaluation as it could be a sign of more serious problem.
There are number of reasons why you can have difficulty swallowing. Based on your symptoms, duration, age and other associated symptoms, Dr.Kethu will determine the best diagnostic approach.
Some of the common causes of dysphagia based on your symptoms are as follows-
Upper endoscopy (EGD) is one of the most common tests performed by Dr.Kethu to evaluate dysphagia. Sometimes a barium swallow is ordered which is in x-ray test where x-rays of your esophagus are taken after you drink barium. Occasionally you may need a high-resolution manometry, test to check the functioning (motility) of the esophagus.