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What does difficulty in swallowing indicate?

My mother who is 101 years old has developed a chronic swallowing difficulty. Food and drink gets stuck. She had a recent barium xray and no obvious problem was found. Someone said a stroke could cause this. Her doctor thinks it s spasms. What can we do to make swallowing easier?
Fri, 23 Mar 2018
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Hello,

At this age, such symptoms are common. To find out if there is a stroke, you need to take a CT scan. Since there is no problem revealed in barium swallow, there may not be any obstruction. It may be just hypomotility of esophagus. Before having any food, ask her to drink adequate water. It may solve the problem.


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Regards,
Dr. Sanjay Kini
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