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Specific symptoms, rather than their perceived location, should guide the initial evaluation and imaging in patients with impaired swallowing. An understanding of the basic pathophysiology of swallowing and the etiologies and clinical presentations of dysphagia allows family physicians to distinguish between oropharyngeal and esophageal pathology, make informed management decisions, and collaborate appropriately with specialists.
Esophageal motility disorders are diagnosed based on esophageal manometry findings. Achalasia has objective diagnostic criteria, and effective treatments are available. Hypercontractile motility disorders are generally self-limited and may be overdiagnosed, leading to unnecessary and irreversible interventions.
A man presented with worsening dysphagia, with sore throat, dyspnea, cough, heartburn, and wheezing.
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Dysphagia is a problem that commonly affects patients cared for by family physicians in the office, as hospital inpatients and as nursing home residents. Familiar medical problems, including cerebrovascular accidents, gastroesophageal reflux disease and medication-related side effects, often lead to...
Swallowing disorders are common, especially in the elderly, and may cause dehydration, weight loss, aspiration pneumonia and airway obstruction. These disorders may affect the oral preparatory, oral propulsive, pharyngeal and/or esophageal phases of swallowing. Impaired swallowing, or dysphagia, may...