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Cricopharyngeal dysfunction—An often missed cause of dysphagia

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Two cases of dysphagia, due to cricopharyngeal dysfunction are presented. Dysphagia, cough on swallowing, salivation and need for repeated acts of swallowing to force the food down, are the typical symptoms. Both patients improved following a cricopharyngeal myotomy. The clinical and radiological features and the steps of the operation are described in detail.

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Rao, K.M., Ashok, M.P. & Shatapathy, P. Cricopharyngeal dysfunction—An often missed cause of dysphagia. Indian J Otolaryngol 34, 71–73 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02992360

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  • Achalasia
  • Filling Defect
  • Central Nervous System Disease
  • Kasturba Medical College
  • Iatrogenic Perforation