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Can esophageal cancer be asymmptomatic?

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Dr. Christopher Morse
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unfortunately YES

This link may help: http://www.
Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/symptoms-and-signs.

In brief: Unfortunately YES

This link may help: http://www.
Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/symptoms-and-signs.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. ALADIN MARIANO
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
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