What are Swallowing Disorders?
Swallowing occurs without us even thinking about it, yet it is a complex and vital function;it is very important to eating and social interaction. Swallowing disorders may result from a lack of coordination of the nerves or muscles, or sometimes from tumors. Dysphagia (trouble with swallowing), refers to two problems:
- An awareness of difficulty in swallowing
- Any swallowing disorder, such as painful swallowing, coughing during or after swallowing, or vomiting or regurgitation after swallowing
What are the Symptoms of Swallowing Disorders?
Our experienced gastroenterologist is specially trained to help diagnose all types of swallowing disorders. It is important to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist if you are having any of these symptoms:
- Dysphagia, a sense of food "sticking" on the way down and difficulty passing food or liquid from the mouth to the esophagus to the stomach
- Coughing during or immediately after swallowing
- Choking, a feeling of food or liquid sticking in the throat or esophagus followed by coughing
- Nasal regurgitation
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Chest discomfort or pain
How are Swallowing Disorders Diagnosed?
Our physicians have years of experiencing diagnosing and treating all types of swallowing disorders.Diagnostic procedures your doctor may order include:
- Barium Esophagram
- Esophageal Manometry
- Wireless pH Testing
- 24-hour pH Impedance
How are Swallowing Disorders Treated?
Treatment for swallowing disorders needs to be individualized because they encompass a wide variety of conditions and causes. Our physicians will create a specific treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and how they affect your quality of life.
Once we diagnoses the exact type of swallowing disorder you have, an individualized treatment plan can begin immediately. Treatment options include:
- Swallowing Retraining
- Botulinum Toxin
- Enteral Feeding
- Esophageal Stent Placement