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

Modified barium swallow is a method used to evaluate the swallowing process of patients who have a difficult time swallowing food without inhaling it into the windpipe, according to Barium sulfate ... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

Strep throat, diptheria, tonsillitis and sore throat are some of the conditions that cause a painful throat when swallowing, according to Healthline. Patients' throats may hurt when swallowing if they have an injury to t... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

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

Typical causes of a constant cough include asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, postnasal drip, and infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis. Doctors do not consider this cough as a disease by itself, but a symptom... More »