Dysphagia simply means difficulty swallowing. Esophageal Dysphagia takes place when solids fail to move through the esophagus and into the stomach correctly; thus feeling like it has gotten stuck in your chest. In the esophagus, these solids do not metabolize correctly because the esophagus lacks the acidity that the stomach has which helps it break down food and metabolize it. While painful, this form of dysphagia does not immediately cause life threatening if treated. Esophageal Dysphagia tends to be common to those with Connective Tissue Disorders such as Ehler’s-Danlos Syndrome.
Recommended Doctor for Diagnosis: Gastrointerologist
See also: Oropharyngeal Dysphagia« Back to Glossary Index