Dysphagia and Odynophagia Chapter uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Histamine H2 Antagonists
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors


  • Dysphagia, difficulty or delay in preparation and/or passage of a liquid or solid bolus is a common problem in our population. The optimal evaluation of the patient with dysphagia requires an understanding of the pathogenesis, the ability to use the history to differentiate between oropharyngeal and esophageal dysphagia and appropriate use of diagnostic testing. This chapter reviews the key components of the history and reviews in detail the optimal use of imaging studies, upper GI endoscopy, and esophageal function testing in the evaluation of these complex cases. An algorithm for evaluation and treatment is presented. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

publication date

  • April 16, 2012



  • Book Chapter


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/9781118321386.ch2

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 11

end page

  • 15