Symptoms of esophageal dysphasia may include pain when swallowing, a sensation of food stuck in the esophagus, and difficulty swallowing liquids, solids or both, according to the Texas Stroke Institute. Regurgitation and heartburn, drooling, hoarseness and wheezing, and coughing or choking when eating or drinking are additional symptoms.
Due to issues eating and drinking, people afflicted with esophageal dysphasia may experience weight loss, dehydration and malnutrition, notes the Texas Stroke Institute. Doctors diagnose the condition by taking a medical history, performing a physical exam and testing the swallowing function, usually with a videoflurographic swallowing study. Tests to view the throat, such as a barium swallow or endoscopy, and an esophageal manometry test may also be necessary during diagnosis.