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Reasons for dysphagia. Is esophageal cancer a common cause?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
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In brief: Yes, also others.

Progressive dysphagia is the major sign for esophageal cancer.
This starts with solids, then is seen with liquids. Weight loss is also seen. Other causes for dysphagia include oropharyngeal (plummer-vinson syndrome), schatski ring, and zenker's diverticulum. These have varying degrees of dysphagia, and not all are progressive.

In brief: Yes, also others.

Progressive dysphagia is the major sign for esophageal cancer.
This starts with solids, then is seen with liquids. Weight loss is also seen. Other causes for dysphagia include oropharyngeal (plummer-vinson syndrome), schatski ring, and zenker's diverticulum. These have varying degrees of dysphagia, and not all are progressive.
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Can be

Dysphagia is the sensation that solid food or liquids are getting "stuck" with swallowing.
Esophageal cancer can be the cause due to narrowing. Or it may be something simple or benign. One should see their primary care provider and under go an esophagram or endoscopy.

In brief: Can be

Dysphagia is the sensation that solid food or liquids are getting "stuck" with swallowing.
Esophageal cancer can be the cause due to narrowing. Or it may be something simple or benign. One should see their primary care provider and under go an esophagram or endoscopy.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Yes

Esophageal cancer is one of several reasons for dysphagia.
If you have dysphagia, you should be evaluated promptly.

In brief: Yes

Esophageal cancer is one of several reasons for dysphagia.
If you have dysphagia, you should be evaluated promptly.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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