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(Esophageal Food Bolus Obstruction; Syndrome, Steakhouse)
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- Not chewing your food completely
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Wearing dentures
- Having a physical problem that affects how food moves down the esophagus:
Having a condition that affects the esophagus, such as:
- Ring of tissue that forms in the lower part of the esophagus—Schatzkis ring
- Narrowing of the esophagus caused by scar tissue—esophageal stricture
- Upper part of the stomach moves up through a small opening into the chest—hiatal hernia
- Chronic inflammation in the esophagus—eosinophilic esophagitis
- Esophageal cancer or other tumors
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Coughing, gagging, choking
- Drinking a carbonated beverage to help move the bolus into your stomach
- Giving a substance called glucagon by an injection—This will decrease the pressure in your esophagus, allowing the bolus to pass into your stomach.
- Chew slowly and until the food is small enough to safely swallow.
- If you have been diagnosed with a condition that affects your esophagus, follow your treatment plan.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 09/2015
- Update Date: 09/30/2013