Schatzki Ring Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Rajeev Vasudeva, MD; Chief Editor: Julian Katz, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Other causes of dysphagia to consider

Important conditions in the differential diagnosis include the following [1]

  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Reflux esophagitis
  • Esophageal strictures other than Schatzki ring
  • Extrinsic esophageal compression
  • Motility disorders
  • Malignancy (dysphagia localized to the pharynx is likely to be a referred symptom of structural esophageal disease, including malignancy [11]  Direct visualization of the esophageal and cardioesophageal junction mucosal surfaces with transoral or transnasal flexible endoscopy is indicated. [11] )

When dysphagia occurs in conjunction with chest pain, also consider the following [1] :

  • Esophageal infections (eg, candida esophagitis)
  • Pill esophagitis
  • Radiation-induced esophagitis or stricture,
  • Esophageal rupture (particularly for those with acute symptoms)

Differential Diagnoses