Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: swallowing | problems | difficulty | reflux | esphagus

I Have Difficulty Swallowing

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 12:57 PM

Dear Dr. Hibberd: I have had problems swallowing. I take Prevacid for reflux. Could this be the cause of my swallowing issue?

Answer: Have you spoken to your doctor about this? Reflux causing esophageal damage is much more likely the reason for swallowing difficulty. I am concerned you may have a fixed obstruction, stricture or even a pre-malignant or cancer cause. I recommend you seek consultation for a scope examination of your esophagus (called an esophagoscopy. This procedure is often performed as part of a more complete EGD by your gastroenterologist or general surgeon.). I have yet to see one case of difficulty swallowing caused by Prevacid alone, despite its literature reporting this symptom in less than 1% of patients.

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