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I am having trouble swallowing. Does this mean I have esophageal cancer?

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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

However, you should see your doctor and be evaluated with what is called a barium esophagram.
This is a study that looks at the x-ray contours of your esophagus. This may need to be followed up with a flexible endoscopy, whcih is a camera that looks inside your esophagus to find any abnormalities.

In brief: Not necessarily

However, you should see your doctor and be evaluated with what is called a barium esophagram.
This is a study that looks at the x-ray contours of your esophagus. This may need to be followed up with a flexible endoscopy, whcih is a camera that looks inside your esophagus to find any abnormalities.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No, but...

There are several causes of trouble swallowing (or dysphagia).
Esophageal cancer is a very rare cause especially in young people. But, dysphagia definitely warrants evaluation at least by your primary care physician and probably by a gastroenterologist. You may need a special x-ray called a barium swallow or an endoscopy to investigate the cause.

In brief: No, but...

There are several causes of trouble swallowing (or dysphagia).
Esophageal cancer is a very rare cause especially in young people. But, dysphagia definitely warrants evaluation at least by your primary care physician and probably by a gastroenterologist. You may need a special x-ray called a barium swallow or an endoscopy to investigate the cause.
Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
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Dr. Jon Spiers
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Not necessarily

Esophageal cancer can cause difficulty swallowing, but there are many more common causes that are not nearly so lethal.
For example, you may have a motility disorder or a bit of scarring - so you need to talk to your doctor to determine just what is going on with you.

In brief: Not necessarily

Esophageal cancer can cause difficulty swallowing, but there are many more common causes that are not nearly so lethal.
For example, you may have a motility disorder or a bit of scarring - so you need to talk to your doctor to determine just what is going on with you.
Dr. Jon Spiers
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