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Dysphagia pp 531-548 | Cite as

Endoscopy of the Pharynx and Oesophagus

  • Doris-Maria Denk-Linnert
  • Rainer Schöfl
Chapter
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

The pharynx and oesophagus belong to the upper digestive tract; their morphology and function enable normal swallowing. Dysphagia is one of the main symptoms in patients with laryngeal, pharyngeal and oesophageal diseases. Diagnostics need to consider the entire swallowing chain from the oral cavity to the stomach. However, there is a close relationship between diseases of the pharynx, larynx and oesophagus: gastrointestinal disorders, e.g. reflux disease, may show extraoesophageal manifestations in the pharynx and larynx, and in case of tumours in the upper aerodigestive tract or oesophagus, there may occur additional simultaneous tumours urging for early diagnosis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Associate Professor, Section of Phoniatrics-Logopedics, Department of OtorhinolaryngologyMedical University of Vienna, Vienna General HospitalViennaAustria
  2. 2.Professor, Department of Internal Medicine IVHospital of the ElisabethinenLinzAustria

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