Swallowing difficulty

A common symptom with various possible causes, including a foreign object in the throat; insufficient production of saliva (see mouth, dry); a disorder of the oesophagus such as oesophageal stricture; pressure on the oesophagus, for example from a goitre; a nervous system disorder such as myasthenia gravis or stroke; or a psychological problem such as globus hystericus. Investigations of swallowing difficulty may include oesophagoscopy or barium swallow (see barium X-ray examinations). Treatment depends on the cause.


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