Healthy Advice

 

 

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Healthy Advice Gastroenterologist

Q: I have been having trouble swallowing my food lately. It just doesn't want to go down. What could be wrong?

 

 

A: Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) has numerous potential causes. Just a few are: infections of the esophagus, narrowing of the esophagus from chronic acid reflux, and rarely tumors. Discuss your symptoms with your physician. He or she will likely suggest and EGD (upper endoscopy) for direct visualization of the esophagus. If a structure is found, usually the doctor will be able to dilate or stretch the esophagus so that you will be able to swallow more easily.