Food getting stuck in the esophagus is certainly a serious problem and needs to be addressed on an urgent basis by a gastroenterologist
, a specialist in treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. There are many different causes of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), including many benign processes as well as malignant processes like esophageal cancer. In someone of your young age, esophageal cancer would be extremely rare. The more common causes of dysphagia in someone of your age include enlarged mucosal rings (which narrow the area within the esophagus) or a condition called eosinophilic esophagitis.
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a condition that is being recognized more and more over the recent decade. It is essentially an allergic condition of the esophagus and tends to affect people with a history of other allergic conditions like asthma, eczema
and food allergies. In this condition, the esophagus develops a ringed appearance that can hinder the passage of solid food into the stomach. Fortunately, many people respond to either acid reflux medication or swallowed topical steroids which decrease the inflammation in the esophagus.
You should consult with a gastroenterologist who can perform an upper endoscopy, a procedure in which a long scope with a camera at the end is inserted through the mouth and into the esophagus. The doctor
can examine the inside of the esophagus, take biopsies, and dilate any narrowed areas that may be causing your symptoms.