Nonneoplastic disorders
Cricopharyngeal dysphagia

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 15 January 2018, last major update November 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Cricopharyngeal dysphagia esophagus[TIAB]

Cite this page: Weisenberg, E. Cricopharyngeal dysphagia. website. Accessed November 21st, 2018.
Definition / general
Clinical features
  • Patient has globus pharyngitis ("lump in throat" feeling), symptoms exacerbated by stress, generally worse later in day, relief with eating
  • Self limiting but may persist for months, unable to predict duration of symptoms

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Cricopharyngeus muscle (drawing on left, near bottom)

Cricopharyngeus muscle

Microscopic (histologic) description