Difficulty swallowing – a guide to oesophageal causes and treatments

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Difficulty swallowing – a guide to oesophageal causes and treatments

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GASTROENTEROLOGY

Once difficulty swallowing has been identified as having an oesophageal cause, the important clues are the duration, frequency and progression of symptoms and what liquid or food types cause problems

Key points, For a patient with difficulty swallowing, it is important first to ascertain from the history whether it is likely an oesophageal or pharyngeal proble