Esophageal food impaction
Esophageal food impaction (or steakhouse syndrome) refers to a food bolus acutely obstructing the esophagus.
The main symptom is usually of acute dysphagia.
Depending on the composition of the ingested content, the bolus may be visible on plain radiography.
Small amounts of water-soluble isotonic contrast can be administered with fluoroscopic screening to evaluate the location of the bolus.
CT may be necessary if there is concern of perforation.
Treatment and prognosis
Treatments that are less invasive than endoscopy include effervescent crystals, coca-cola, glucagon, and muscle relaxants.