Vomiting, Regurgitation, and Dysphagia

  • Georges L. Kaiser


Vomiting, regurgitation, and dysphagia belong to the typical presenting symptoms and signs of the disorders listed in Table 20.1. For vomiting, time after food intake or during the 24-h cycle, content, and associated symptoms are important additional informations. Regurgitation is often interpreted as vomiting; a precise history and observation yields however that indigestible pieces of food or foreign bodies are brought up in case of regurgitation which get stuck in the esophagus. Dysphagia is defined as getting stuck of a piece of food or as difficult swallowing and is often accompanied by hypersalivation (slobbering, drooling). Some drooling is normal during infancy. The quoted presenting signs occur often combined in the same disorder. They may also be caused by pathologies outside of the upper gastrointestinal tract.


Hiatus Hernia Esophageal Stenosis Esophageal Atresia Pyloric Stenosis Paraesophageal Hernia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georges L. Kaiser
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  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Surgery InselspitalUniversity of BerneBerneSwitzerland

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