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Would Tracheabronchiomalacia cause shortness of breath upon exertion and difficulty swallowing?

Would Tracheabronchiomalacia cause shortness of breath upon exertion and difficulty swallowing?

Tracheomalacia: Tracheomalacia (from trachea and Greek μαλακία, softening) is a condition characterized by flaccidity of the tracheal support cartilage which leads to tracheal collapse especially when increased airflow is demanded.
The trachea normally dilates slightly during inspiration and narrows slightly during expiration. These processes are exaggerated in tracheomalacia, leading to airway collapse.
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Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before, or after the swallow depending on the problem ...Read more


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I still have swallowing difficulties after getting a thyroidectomy 17years ago! I often get close to chocking with pills...What can I do to help?

I still have swallowing difficulties after getting a thyroidectomy 17years ago! I often get close to chocking with pills...What can I do to help?

LERD +/- Dysphagia: Exposure of vocal cords to acid & pepsin may result in inflammation of the cords (as with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & higher risk of throat cancer. Strictures (narrowings of esophagus from scarring) & dysmotility may also cause your symptoms. Get checked. ...Read more

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What to do if I have difficulty swallowing pills?

What to do if I have difficulty swallowing pills?

Techique: Place the pill on your tongue. Place a large bolus of water in your mouth. Pill is inside the water. Should be easily swallowed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have difficulty swallowing please help?

See your doc: They might start with a swallow study and go from there. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Difficulty swallowing?

Difficulty swallowin: Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before, or after the swallow depending on the problem with the swallowing mechanism. ...Read more

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Difficulty swallowing? Ms?

Difficulty swallowing? Ms?

Very unlikely: If this is your sole problem, the cause is NOT MS, and you need to search for other reasons. But, if you have MS, and it is indeed poorly managed and controlled, you could be worsening and/or suffering a relapse. Would start with a gastroenterologist, but might also involve neurology. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty swallowing and voice problems?

What causes difficulty swallowing and voice problems?

Maybe vocal cords: This is a broad question but the vocal cords would be the first thing I would look at. If one has vocal cord (vc) paralysis or a vc lesion, this can cause hoarseness. With vc paralysis, swallowing may be difficult due to choking or loss of sensation in the larynx. A vc lesion may give a sense of difficult swallowing as well. An ENT can look at your larynx and proceed w/ the next step. ...Read more

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Does cilia dysfunction lead to difficulty swallowing?

Does cilia dysfunction lead to difficulty swallowing?

Cilia dyskinesia: Yes, other symptoms include:
Respiratory distress as a newborn.
Chronic cough.
Pneumonia, bronchitis and other recurring infections.
Excess mucus.
Difficulty clearing mucus.
Middle ear infections.
Hearing loss.
Severe sinus infections. ...Read more

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Is difficulty swallowing from a tracheostomy permanent?

Is difficulty swallowing from a tracheostomy permanent?

Yes: If the tracheotomy is permanent, then yes, the swallowing problem is permanent. ...Read more

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Is occasional difficulty swallowing reason for concern?

Sure: Difficulty swallowing if it is happening off and on for a while and never really goes away. Then I would get an evaluation when you are having the issues to get a diagnosis so any treatment can be initiated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Any reason why am I having difficulty swallowing soft foods?

Several reasons: Difficulty swallowing soft or hard foods could be caused by a number of things. Your primary care physician should be the starting point for evaluation. If he or she cannot determine the cause, you may be referred to an ENT or gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Any ideas on why I'm having difficulty swallowing soft foods?

May things: Could be a number of things. You should start with an evaluation by your md who will run some tests to determine what the problem is. ...Read more

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Foods to eat with difficulty swallowing? Soft or clear liquids?

Foods to eat with difficulty swallowing? Soft or clear liquids?

Clear liquids: If this is a temporary issue such as a throat infection, start with clear liquids first to prevent dehydration then move up to soft foods. If your swallowing issue lasts more than a few days or you are choking on food, see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Difficulty swallowing? Should I take tiny bites of food with lots of water?

Difficulty swallowing? Should I take tiny bites of food with lots of water?

Good first step.: Small bites, chew well and drink water. If you are really having this difficulty you should see your primary care physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) resulting from a tracheostomy permanent?

No: Most people with trachs learn to swallow with the new sensation. Inflated cuff or too tight ties will interfere with swallowing. ...Read more

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Is difficulty swallowing, shakiness internal &external symptoms of parmigiana?

Is difficulty swallowing, shakiness internal &external symptoms of parmigiana?

No: Parmigiana means: cooked with parmesan cheese, such as veal parmigiana or eggplant parmigiana. If the cook is not a bad cook, her parmigiana dishes shouldn't cause any difficulty swallowing nor shakiness. ...Read more

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If dysphagia is difficulty swallowing, then what do you call difficulty chewing?

If dysphagia is difficulty swallowing, then what do you call difficulty chewing?

Not used: Literally it would be called dysmastication (mastication=chewing) but this is not a term used in medicine. It is used on occasion in veterinary medicine. ...Read more

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