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can esophageal cancer be asymmptomatic?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
At first, yes.: This cancer may be unnoticable until it is fairly advanced. Dysphagia, or inability to swallow solid foods, may be easily overlooked at first. It gets noticed when it gets worse for solids and then liquids. Pain or odynophagia, hoarseness, and pulmonary aspiration can also occur. Double contrast barium swallow is a good screening test, while flexible esopagogastroscopy is the best.
Dr. Christopher Morse
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Frequent heartburn and trouble swallowing are common symptoms of gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease) which can lead to barrett's esophagus. Repeat exposure to acid can result in damage to the esophagus and produce precancerous cells. Difficulty swallowing is a concerning finding and should be addressed with a barium study or egd.
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Thoracic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: In fact when it is early, one does not have symptoms. It is difficult to diagnose without symptoms as diagnosis is based on biopsy by endoscopy which is usually done when symptoms develop. Therefore, any swallowing problem or stomach upset needs to be evaluated.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience

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