Acid reflux or GERD can cause the sensation of food being trapped in the throat.
To find out why, I consulted with Jay Desai, who specializes in colonoscopy, upper endoscopy and consultative gastroenterology at New York Gastroenterology Associates.
GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Dr. Desai explains, “Acid reflux, or GERD, is a condition where an abnormal amount of acid is exposed to the esophagus.
“This may cause many different symptoms but usually includes a burning sensation in the pit of the stomach that travels up the chest towards the mouth.”
Food Stuck in Throat Feeling
“One condition that can cause food feeling stuck in the throat is called PPI-responsive esophageal eosinophilia,” says Dr. Desai. “The acid exposure in the esophagus can cause certain types of blood cells, called eosinophils, to migrate to the esophagus; these cells can cause inflammation and interfere with normal swallowing of food.
“This then can lead to the sensation of food feeling trapped in the [upper] esophagus. The treatment of this condition is with antacid medication.”
Board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, Dr. Desai provides a wide range of GI services including for bacterial overgrowth, constipation, acid reflux and GERD, IBS, incontinence, small bowel disease.
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