What Is Sideropenic Dysphagia?

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Q:
What is sideropenic dysphagia?

A:
Sideropenic dysphagia refers to the combination of anemia due to iron deficiency, and difficulty in swallowing due to a web-like growth of membranes in the throat.

In addition, the condition may also occur with inflammation of the tongue (glossitis) and inflammation of the lip (cheilitis).

The specific cause is unclear. However, what’s certain is that the patient of this condition is at a high risk of developing esophageal cancer.

With respect to diagnosis, doctors reach a medical decision through physical exams and other imaging tests. As for treatment, common options include iron supplements and modification of eating habits. Furthermore, mechanical dilation may be necessary in severe cases.

 

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