Swallowing problems

Swallowing and esophageal disorders may be temporary, or they may be an indication of a serious medical problem. Swallowing disorders have many causes, including nerve and muscle problems, head and neck injuries and cancer, or they may occur as the result of a stroke. Certain medications — such as antidepressants, antibiotics, heart medications and some drugs used in chemotherapy for cancer — can contribute to a swallowing problem.