Retrospective Study
Copyright ©The Author(s) 2017.
World J Gastroenterol. Feb 14, 2017; 23(6): 1038-1043
Published online Feb 14, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i6.1038
Table 1 Diagnoses in patients with discrete pathology investigated for dysphagia between 2004 and 2015
Diagnosisn (%)
Oesophageal cancer270 (37.2)
Peptic stricture261 (36.0)
Cricopharyngeal hypertrophy/pharyngeal pouch95 (13.1)
Schatzki ring75 (10.3)
Achalasia24 (3.3)
Pharyngeal pouch and oesophageal cancer1 (0.1)
Table 2 Accuracy in perceiving correct level of dysphagia correlated to final diagnosis
DiagnosisPerceived single level (n)Perceived diffuse level (n)Absolute match
Oesophageal cancer2432747.3%
Peptic stricture2352638.7%
Pharyngeal pouch88784.1%
Schatzki ring66940.9%
Table 3 Effect of level of obstructing lesion on patient ability to accurately localise the cause of their dysphagia
Level of obstructing lesionTotal (n)Perceived as pharyngealPerceived as mid sternalPerceived as lower sternalCorrect level identified
Table 4 Associated symptoms and their ability to improve patient localisation of dysphagia n (%)
SymptomNumber reporting symptomNumber with symptom correctly localising dysphagiaP value
Regurgitation/choking416/647 (67.4)195/416 (46.9)0.478
Reflux339/649 (52.2)152/339 (44.8)0.059
Odynophagia158/651 (24.3)72/158 (45.6)0.415
Chest pain162/649 (25.0)71/162 (43.8)0.180
Change in diet315/651 (48.4)151/315 (47.9)0.883
Weight gain47/635 (7.9)20/47 (42.6)0.422
Weight loss244/611 (39.9)116/244 (47.5)0.816