Common dysphagia exam questions for medical finals, OSCEs and MRCP PACES
Question 1. Red flags in dysphagia
Which red flag symptoms would make you think of a malignant cause?
- Progressive (painful) dysphagia to solids and then liquids with associated constitutional symptoms
Question 2. Radiology in dysphagia
What is the characteristic finding on barium swallow in achalasia?
- ‘Bird-beak sign’ – tapering of the distal end of the oesophagus