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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes episodes of choking of food in esophagus?

I have intermitent episodes while eating when food starts packing my esophsagus causing mid to rt spine pain. It comes on mostly when I am very hungry or a special meal is prepared. I feel it is vagus nerve spasm closing the lower esoph sphincter. If i realize intime I take an OTC simenthicone cap. This started over 20 years ago at a resaurant. I thought it was a gall bladder attack
Wed, 24 Jun 2015
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Hello there,
You may have some obstruction in your esophagus. A band like tissue at the base of your esophagus or a hyperactive lower esophageal valve may prevent food from entering your stomach and cause a backlog in your esophagus. This leads to you vomiting or choking episodes.You need to visit a general surgeon and he/she will do a test called a barium swallow or an endoscopy to visualize your esophagus. This will help us locate any obstructions.

Hope this helps,
Please get the tests done and then we can discuss your treatment options
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What causes episodes of choking of food in esophagus?

Hello there, You may have some obstruction in your esophagus. A band like tissue at the base of your esophagus or a hyperactive lower esophageal valve may prevent food from entering your stomach and cause a backlog in your esophagus. This leads to you vomiting or choking episodes.You need to visit a general surgeon and he/she will do a test called a barium swallow or an endoscopy to visualize your esophagus. This will help us locate any obstructions. Hope this helps, Please get the tests done and then we can discuss your treatment options