Dysphagia is etymologically defined by difficulty to eat, but refers more specifically a sense of discomfort in swallowing that can be localized in the mouth
, larynx or esophagus. It is painless and is described by the patient as feeling of stop or blocked food.
Dysphagia may be due to difficulty swallowing a foreign body
, nervous disorders, drugs
, inflammation of the esophagus, voluminous esophageal diverticula, motors esophageal disorders, compression of the esophagus by a tumor
It may also be due to stress
: we speak of "globus hystericus". Depending on the suspected diagnosis, esophageal endoscopy or other examinations may be performed.
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