(Esophageal Food Bolus Obstruction; Syndrome, Steakhouse)
DefinitionSteakhouse syndrome is a condition in which a mass of food (called a bolus) becomes stuck in the lower part of the esophagus. The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach.
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CausesSteakhouse syndrome is caused by a mass of food, usually meat, blocking the passageway of the esophagus.
Risk FactorsFactors that may increase your chance of steakhouse syndrome include:
- Not chewing your food completely
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Wearing dentures
- Having a physical problem that affects how food moves down the esophagus:
- Having a condition that affects the esophagus, such as:
- Ring of tissue that forms in the lower part of the esophagus—Schatzkis ring
- Narrowing of the esophagus caused by scar tissue—esophageal stricture
- Upper part of the stomach moves up through a small opening into the chest—hiatal hernia
- Chronic inflammation in the esophagus—eosinophilic esophagitis
- Esophageal cancer or other tumors
SymptomsSteakhouse syndrome may cause:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Coughing, gagging, choking
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