Table 82.1Standard Questions in the Evaluation of Dysphagia

Do you have difficulty swallowing? In what way?
Is the swallowing difficulty greater for solids or liquids?
Do you have this sensation without swallowing food?
How long has swallowing difficulty been present?
Can you localize the dysphagia?
Has heartburn been associated with the dysphagia?
Is swallowing painful?
Do you get chest pain?
Does food get stuck when you swallow?
Do you choke or cough with swallowing?
Is there temperature sensitivity to dysphagia (especially cold)?
Has there been weight loss?

From: Chapter 82, Dysphagia

Cover of Clinical Methods
Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition.
Walker HK, Hall WD, Hurst JW, editors.
Boston: Butterworths; 1990.
Copyright © 1990, Butterworth Publishers, a division of Reed Publishing.

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