Esophageal Blockage: Symptoms and Treatment Options

June 29, 2021

esophageal blockageHave you ever had the feeling that something is stuck in your throat that just wouldn’t budge? You may have been experiencing an esophageal blockage. We’re here to help you understand the symptoms and causes of esophageal obstructions as well as the possible treatments.

What are the Symptoms of Esophageal Blockage?

Many different symptoms can point to an esophageal blockage. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, talk to your doctor about the potential cause:

  • Pain While Swallowing
  • Pain in Your Upper Chest
  • Hoarseness
  • Feeling Like there is Food Stuck in Your Throat
  • Coughing or Choking When Swallowing
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vomiting or Regurgitating
  • Frequent Heartburn

What Causes Esophageal Obstructions?

The causes of esophageal blockage are extensive. Your doctor may order an endoscopy or barium swallow to help determine what is causing your symptoms. Possible causes for esophageal obstructions are:

  • Foreign Objects: Having a foreign object or piece of food caught in your throat can cause a blockage of the esophagus.
  • GERD: The repeated exposure of your esophagus to stomach acid can cause scar tissue to develop, creating a smaller esophageal opening.
  • Tumors: In the case of tumors, it is most often tumors from lung cancer that cause esophageal obstructions.
  • Hereditary Traits: Some conditions such as esophageal rings and esophageal webs can cause partial obstructions.

How do you Treat Esophageal Obstructions?

The overall treatment of esophageal blockage will depend on the underlying cause. A modified diet or means of nutrition may be necessary, depending on the severity of the blockage. Whatever treatment course your doctor recommends, it is imperative that you follow their instructions. This will lessen the likelihood of additional issues developing, such as pneumonia.

If you’re experiencing ongoing pain and discomfort due to esophageal blockage, Dr. Krunal Patel at Lane Gastroenterology is here to help. Contact us today at 225-658-6780 to schedule an appointment.

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