Difficulty in swallowing

There are multiple reasons behind the difficulty in swallowing.

  • Patients with acid reflux may have erosions in food pipe that can lead to difficulty in swallowing.
  • Fungal infection in the food pipe.
  • Damage to esophageal lining due to a pill- pill esophagitis.
  • Food allergy of the esophagus known as Eosinophilic esophagitis.
  • Muscular rings and web formation can cause difficulty in swallowing.
  • When the lower end of the esophagus fails to relax in response to food, the condition is known as Achalasia cardia, can present with such complaints.
  • Tumor in esophogus or upper end of stomach can cause difficulty in swallowing.

You should consult the doctor as poor oral intake for prolonged duration can lead to nutritional deficiency and you may become weaker day by day.

  • This is diagnosed by means of endoscopy.
  • Ct scan of chest and abdomen, Esophageal manometry are some other tests which are required to characterize the disease.