Dysphagia

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dysphagia

[dis′fā·jə]
(medicine)
Difficulty in swallowing, or inability to swallow, of organic or psychic causation.

Dysphagia

 

difficulty in the act of swallowing.

The causes of dysphagia are inflammations of the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, larynx, and mediastinum; foreign bodies; cicatricial stenoses and tumors; and certain nervous conditions. Swallowing is difficult or impossible and painful. Food or liquid get into the nose, larynx, and trachea. Dysphagia is treated by eliminating the primary condition.

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The management of nonobstructive esophageal dysphagia is also not clearly established.
The aim of our study was to determine the relative prevalence of obstructive versus nonobstructive esophageal dysphagia and to assess the long-term effect of large-diameter esophageal dilation on symptoms and quality of life in patients with nonobstructive esophageal dysphagia.
Patients with esophageal dysphagia as determined by the above evaluation were offered the opportunity to participate in the study.
In the esophageal dysphagia group, 84 (67%) patients had a nonobstructing lumen (Fig.