[Dysphagia in oral medicine]

Recenti Prog Med. 2006 Jan;97(1):46-54.
[Article in Italian]


Dysphagia, defined as a difficulty in swallowing of fluids and/or food, is one of the most frequent symptoms of oesophageal, gastrointestinal or ENT diseases. Interestingly, dysphagia can be also the initial or late symptom of several oral diseases: e.g. traumatic ulcerations, immunomediated or infectious lesions, malignant neoplastic disease or mucositis in chemio-radiotherapy. The presence of this frequent symptom, with or without oral evident lesions, can suggest the presence of oral or perioral diseases, promoving adequate diagnostic-therapeutic management. In this paper, authors describe aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical aspects of oral diseases, as being more frequently associated with dysphagia; moreover, they describe the most important clinical and epidemiological features of systemic diseases associated with dysphagia.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Deglutition Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Deglutition Disorders* / etiology
  • Erythema Multiforme / complications
  • Gingivitis / complications
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Mouth Diseases / complications*
  • Mouth Diseases / diagnosis
  • Mouth Mucosa
  • Mouth Neoplasms / complications
  • Mouth Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Pemphigoid, Bullous / complications
  • Pericoronitis / complications
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome / complications
  • Stomatitis / complications
  • Stomatitis, Aphthous / complications
  • Stomatitis, Herpetic / complications
  • Stomatitis, Herpetic / diagnosis
  • Syndrome
  • Ulcer / complications