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Swallowing pain or burning
Alternative namesPain - swallowing (burning); Odynophagia; Burning feeling when swallowing
DefinitionA strong feeling of burning, squeezing pain while swallowing (felt high in the neck or lower down, behind the breastbone) may be a symptom of a serious disorder.
Swallowing is a complex act that involves the mouth, throat area, and esophagus (the tube that transports food to the stomach).
Problems at any point, from the mouth to the esophagus, can result in burning or intense pain with swallowing.
This may be accompanied by chest pain, the feeling that food is stuck in the throat, or heaviness or pressure in the neck or upper chest.
Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly. If a person suddenly shows signs of choking and difficulty breathing, the Heimlich maneuver should be performed immediately.
You may have an easier time swallowing liquids or pureed foods than solids. Avoid very cold or very hot foods if you notice that they worsen the problem.
Call your health care provider if
The clinician will perform a physical examination and ask questions about this symptom, such as:
Update Date: 1/26/2004Sreeni Jonnalagadda, M.D., Interventional and Pancreatobiliary Endoscopy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT