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Gagging up after taking soft foods, took a sample of biopsy. What causes food build-up in oesophagus?

What causes food buildup in esophagus? My 92 yr old grandmother has this and the dr did not remove the food just took a sample to biopsy . The dr put her on soft foods and liquids She is still gagging up almost everything even water. he has had gastric reflux . I m wondering did her muscles just stop working well enough to push the food down?
Asked On : Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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Hi ! At this age the muscles do become weak and there may be some difficulty in swallowing, but it will not be a absolute stoppage of food. She is gagging up because the food/liquids what she takes can not pass through the esophagus due possibly to some kind of organic obstruction and rather gets into her wind pipe. The treating doctor has taken a biopsy of the esophagus to exclude any pathological cause of the obstruction.
I wish her an early recovery.
Answered: Mon, 3 Jun 2013
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