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Difficulty Swallowing

Alternate Names : Dysphagia

Difficulty Swallowing | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Prevention is related to the cause. For example, early treatment of gastroesophageal reflux and goiter can prevent these conditions from causing trouble with swallowing. Some cases of esophageal cancer could be prevented by not drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. Many cases cannot be prevented.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Long-term effects are usually related to the cause. Cases due to a sore throat often go away and have no long-term effects. A stroke may result in permanent brain damage and disability. For example, cancer of the esophagus may result in death.

What are the risks to others?

This condition is not contagious. In some cases, this condition may be due to an infection that is contagious, such as strep throat.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 08/07/01

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