A 41-year-old female asked:
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Can your epiglottis be swollen for 4 weeks and the only symptom be not be able to eat solid food?

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Dr. Anne Eglash
34 years experience in Family Medicine
Not likely: A swollen epiglottis would cause difficulty breathing because it blocks the airway. It would not typically cause problems eating solid food. Much more common reasons for trouble swallowing solid food include anxiety, muscle coordination problems, and a feeling of swelling in the throat from gastroesophageal reflux.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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