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Health Tip: Swallowing Problems

(HealthDay News) -- Difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia, is usually a sign of a throat or esophagus problem.

Common triggers for dysphagia are malfunctioning muscles or a blockage in the throat or esophagus, says the University of Michigan.

Specific causes of dysphagia include:

  • Stroke, brain or spinal cord injury.
  • Nervous system conditions.
  • Esophageal spasm or tumors.
  • Inflammation of the esophagus.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Trouble swallowing on a regular basis may be a sign of a serious medical issue that needs prompt treatment, the school says.

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