Odynophagia (pain when swallowing)

Pain on swallowing food and fluids, a symptom often due to disease of the Oesophagus.
The pain may stem from the mouth, throat (pharynx) or Oesophagus (gullet). At times, odynophagia may also be related to the larynx. The mechanism of swallowing is both voluntary and involuntary and starts in the throat and extends to the Oesophagus.
While pain during swallowing may be felt in the mouth or throat (oropharyngeal causes), esophageal causes of  odynophagia may present as chest pain.

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As well as being one of the founding members of refluxSUPPORT...Jonathan is a Board Member and trustee of Living with Reflux – the only UK Charity for infants with reflux related conditions.He is also a stakeholder in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – Gastro-oesophageal reflux in children and young people.He has three daughters of which the eldest is now seventeen. Two suffered from severe reflux.