Cricopharyngeus Dysfunction: Difficulty Swallowing, Especially Solid Foods

Cricopharyngeus dysfunction is caused by failure of relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter—cricopharyngeus muscle—during eating. Typically it is solid foods that tend to lodge in the mid-neck area where this muscle is located. The disorder is described in detail within this short instructional videotape.

For more information, see our entry on cricopharyngeal dysfunction at our new learning center, Bastian Medical Media for Laryngology.