Problems with the esophagus that make it difficult to swallow include scleroderma, esophageal spasm, esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal tumors, according to WebMD. Masses outside of the esophagus... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

Food-swallowing problems can often be diagnosed using a throat camera through a procedure known as an endoscopy, according to WebMD. An endoscopy procedure involves taking a tube with a small camera and light at the end ... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Consumption of greasy or spicy foods, overeating, and having alcohol when eating may cause esophagus problems, notes Healthgrades. Conditions such as acid reflux, lactose intolerance and gastroesophageal reflux disease m... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Common causes of breastbone pain include coronary artery disease, pulmonary embolism and gastroesophageal reflux disease, according to WebMD. Breastbone pain is often caused by heart problems such as coronary artery dise... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

The symptoms of esophagitis, defined as an inflammation of the esophagus, include difficulty swallowing, sore throat, acid reflux, stomach ache, nausea and acute chest pains, according to WebMD. Allergies, gastroesophage... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

Lansoprazole 30 milligrams is used to treat disorders such as erosive esophagitis, duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastric ulcers and Helicobacter pylori infections, according to In some case... More » Health Medications & Vitamins

Cerebral palsy, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, macroglossia and rabies can all cause excessive saliva. Other causes include mental retardation, poisoning and pregnancy, particularly with severe morning sicknes... More »