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What does having esophagus muscle dysfunction mean?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
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In brief: Swallow'g difficult

The esophagus is a muscular tube whose function it is to move food into the stomach.
When the muscle does not function properly swallowing can be difficult and food may accidentally find it's way into the windpipe. This causes reflexive coughing to get the food or fluid back into the esophagus. If the food doesn't get cleared from the windpipe it can cause aspiration pneumonia.

In brief: Swallow'g difficult

The esophagus is a muscular tube whose function it is to move food into the stomach.
When the muscle does not function properly swallowing can be difficult and food may accidentally find it's way into the windpipe. This causes reflexive coughing to get the food or fluid back into the esophagus. If the food doesn't get cleared from the windpipe it can cause aspiration pneumonia.
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