Our expert says:
Painful swallowing (odynophagia) and difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) should always be investigated, especially if associated with significant weight loss. There are many causes for painful and difficulty in swallowing: infections, inflammation, lesions or growths and acid reflux can affect the mouth, throat, voicebox (larynx) or esophagus. Tuberculosis itself can affect the throat and voicebox and cause difficulty in swallowing and a hoarse voice or difficulty with breathing. Your husband must urgently be seen by a doctor to exclude the above conditions. A thorough examination of his throat, voicebox and esophagus is imperative. If he is unable to eat or drink, alternative feeding strategies might be required.
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