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10-19-2013, 03:28 AM
Dysphagia means swallowing difficulties, and usually caused by nerve or muscle problems. Dysphagia may occur after a stroke, throat and mouth cancer, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), or as a symptoms of several different neurological conditions disorders. Pain can be the sole cause of dysphagia; a pain in the throat makes swallowing difficult. However, dysphagia can be distinguished from similar symptoms including odynophagia, which is defined as painful swallowing, and globus, when the patient feels a lump in the throat. Although the medical term - dysphagia - is known as a symptoms or sign in most medical criteria, it can and is sometimes used as a condition in its own right.

The term "dysphagia" comes from the Greek root word dys which means "difficulty or disordered", and phagia meaning "to eat"

This video tutorial discusses the diagnosis and full management of patients presenting with Dysphagia. It is part 1 of a 2 part series. Topics covered in this algorithm include:

-Achalasia
-Esophageal Cancer
-Diffuse Esophageal Spasm "Nutcracker Esophagus"

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