Chapter 1. Approach to Dysphagia

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine1,2,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist3 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor4,5
  1. John S. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch1

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Collins, J. S. (2008) Approach to Dysphagia, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 2

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 3

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 4

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 5

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • dysphagia;
  • etiology of oropharyngeal dysphagia;
  • acute dysphagia;
  • etiology of odynophagia;
  • management of dysphagia;
  • esophageal carcinoma;
  • peptic stricture;
  • laser therapy and palliation of dysphagia


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definitions

  • Differential diagnosis

  • History and examination

  • Investigation

  • Management of dysphagia

  • Further reading