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27 Possible Causes for Choking, Tertiary Contractions of the Esophagus

  • Esophageal Achalasia

    […] can include: Difficulty swallowing food, a condition called dysphagia Food or liquid flowing back up into the throat, or regurgitation Waking up at night from coughing or choking[] The barium swallow showed a mildly dilated esophagus with tertiary contractions, delayed emptying of the esophagus, and a narrowed gastroesophageal junction ( Fig. 1 ).[] […] of barium with the patient in the recumbent position Antegrade and retrograde motion of barium in the esophagus secondary to uncoordinated, nonpropulsive, tertiary contractions[]

  • Myasthenia Gravis

    […] individuals may have unusual facial expressions, difficulty holding up the head, speech impairment (dysarthria), and chewing and swallowing problems (dysphagia) that may lead to choking[] Severe attacks can be life‐threatening because of weakness of muscles involved in swallowing causing choking, and chest muscles causing difficulty with breathing.[] […] lead to a variety of symptoms, including: Breathing difficulty because of weakness of the chest wall muscles Chewing or swallowing difficulty, causing frequent gagging, choking[]

  • Zenker Diverticulum

    It can cause you to choke, and it can cause food to enter the wrong pipe, leading to pneumonia or death.[] The red arrow indicates extrinsic compression in the posterior wall of the thoracic esophagus at the top of the aortic arch together with multiple tertiary contractions in[] It is not only unpleasant, however; this condition can also be dangerous and escalate the risk of choking on food while eating.[]

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

    […] lump in the back of the throat Coughing Hoarseness Sore throat Contact your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms: Unexplained weight loss Trouble swallowing Choking[] Call your doctor if you are bleeding, feel like you are choking, have trouble-swallowing, or experience sudden weight loss.[] Also call if you have: Bleeding Choking (coughing, shortness of breath) Feeling filled up quickly when eating Frequent vomiting Hoarseness Loss of appetite Trouble swallowing[]

  • Esophageal Obstruction

    Neck pain or throat pain can occur in patients with food impaction in the proximal esophagus. [2] Choking and coughing Patients with esophageal and airway obstruction present[] Choking. Shortness of breath. Fever. Causes Esophageal blockage may be a result of many factors.[] Presentation includes chest or throat discomfort, dysphagia or odynophagia, and difficulty managing oral secretions, such as choking and drooling, refusal to eat, vomiting[]

  • Pharyngeal Disease

    It is important to not eat or chew gum while your mouth is numb to prevent choking or biting your tongue.[] The barium swallow may be normal or show nonpropagated contractions (also called tertiary contractions).[] Young children should not be given these products because they can choke on them.[]

  • Nutcracker Esophagus

    My wife was diagnosed with Nutcracker syndrome about 7 years ago and would choke when swallowing food or pills mostly but not all the time.[] There are multiple tertiary contractions in the distal esophagus (black arrow) on this barium esophagram.[] If food enters the larynx, more severe coughing and choking will be provoked.[]

  • Presbyesophagus

    This is also an effective remedy for individuals who experience difficulty swallowing pills and reduces the chance of choking and regurgitation.[] I was diagnosed as having tertiary contractions of the esophagus and slight gastritis. I have substernal chest pain that doesn't go away after eating.[] Fig. 6.1 Tertiary contraction of the esophagus.[]

  • Esophageal Spasm

    Normally, when people choke, they cannot cough, talk or breathe.[] There are multiple tertiary contractions in the distal esophagus (black arrow) on this barium esophagram.[] Typical symptoms include sensations of choking or trouble swallowing and chest discomfort. How is diffuse esophageal spasm diagnosed?[]

  • Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

    Our two patients had occasional choking and aspiration episodes at eating and endoscope did not pass through at the level of the upper esophagus.[] The esophagus showed tremor accompanied by secondary and tertiary contractions but, otherwise, no pathological changes.[] […] or fear of choking and delayed swallowing of food localized at the cricoid area of the neck.[]

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