Dysphagia history and symptoms
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The most important factor in the evaluation of all types of dysphagia is a detailed history, and a thorough review of symptoms that can differentiate esophageal from oropharyngeal dysphagia and help predict the specific etiology. How a patient describes the symptoms and their timing, associated historical features, and other characterizations may specifically denote the anatomic level of swallowing dysfunction.
Obtaining the history is the most important aspect of making a diagnosis of dysphagia. It provides insight into the cause, precipitating factors and associated comorbid conditions. Specific points to focus in history of patient presenting with dysphagia include
- Past Medical History
- Medication history
- Social History
- Travel history (Chaga's disease)
Symptoms of Dysphagia
|Oropharyngeal dysphagia||Esophageal dysphagia|
Less common symptoms
Less common symptoms of dysphagia include:
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