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Dysphagia Mechanical Soft Diet
Generic: It appears that a formal dysphagia diet was made. It is usually followed by a swallow evaluation, either clinical at the bedside or functional in the form of a modified Barium swallow. Based on above specific recommendations are made with regard to food, solid/liquid consistency. ...Read more
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Possible explanation: lump in upper right side of neck, clicks when pushed, not painful. Occasional difficulty swallowing. Weight gain w healthy diet?
See an ENT: For consultation. Some conditions like painful lumps may require further assessment, tests and your doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. Do not delay. ...Read more
Dysphasia.: Dysphagia is reported to occur in 8% to 10% of the general population over the age of 50 years.  however, rates as high as 30% to 40% may be found in patients residing in homes for the aged.   dysphagia can be caused by functional or structural abnormalities of the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, or gastric cardias. ...Read more
Formal evaluation: A formal evaluation is necessary and referral to a speech language pathologist may be indicated. Test used to evaluate dysphagia include a video fluoroscopic swallowing study or a fiber optic endoscopic swallowing evaluation. These tests are not necessary in all cases. Consult your physician for evaluation. ...Read more
Depends: It largely depends on the reason for the dysphagia (swallowing problem). In most cases of dysphagia that is not related to an esophagus problem, modifying the texture or consistency of the food/liquids, using special head postures or maneuvers, and doing tongue throat exercises are helpful. This is usually prescribed as necessary and treatment is performed by a speech language pathologist. ...Read more
Needs work-up: From my standpoint, as an otolaryngologist, the work-up includes a detailed history, exam, fiberoptic laryngoscopy (office endoscopic exam of throat), and a modified barium swallow which is performed by a swallowing therapist and a radiologist to assess your ability to swallow. In some cases, a gastroenterologist or neurologist is needed to help in consultation with this problem. ...Read more
More of a symptom: Dysphagia is more of a symptom than a diagnosis. Specifically, dysphagia is difficulty with swallowing, which can be associated with an extremely large number of medical diagnoses. Many diseases are more common in some racial groups than others because these diseases, like race, is linked to genetics. This is not a disparity but genetic distribution. ...Read more
No: Dysphagia is a symptom. If it is causing weight loss... It becomes a "red flag symptom." if you have dysphagia, though, it should be checked. You can start with your local ent. ...Read more
Maybe...: A study has been done evaluating acupuncture for dysphagia due to a stroke. Conclusion of study:" findings suggest that acupuncture may be useful for the treatment of post-stroke swallowing disorders. The specificity of the results to swallowing implies that its success is not simply a generalized response to acupuncture. Further studies are warranted in this area.". ...Read more
Yes: Depending on the reason for the dysphagia it is possible to do exercises to improve it. A treatment plan is usually developed by a speech language pathologist. ...Read more
Multiple: Dysphagia is only a descriptive term for difficulties swallowing. It can be caused by a large number of medical problems involving the throat, nervous system or gastrointestinal system. ...Read more
Achalasia: This is a disease where the nerves of the esophagus no longer function to coordinate the muscles to push down food, or send a signal to the lower valve of the esophagus at the entrance to the stomach to open an let the food in. Cause usually unknown. Most effective and most invasive treatment is surgically cutting the muscle of the valve, that can be done laparoscopically or endoscopically (poem). ...Read more
Sorry, it may not...:
Common risks include: Difficulty swallowing (68%), Pain (24%), Stomach bloating (14%), Painful swallowing (8%), Hiccups (8%), Nausea (7%), Inability to belch or vomit (6%), Decreased Appetite (4%),
Increased belching (2%), Flatulence (2%), Weight loss (2%), Vomiting (1%), Food impaction (1%), others. Ref http://www.surgery.usc. Edu/uppergi-general/gastroesophagealrefluxdisease-linx-risksbenefits. ...Read more
I have had dysphagia for years now and I believe to have found part of the problem...colllapsed trachea?
Not trachea: Dysphagia is difficulty in swallowing. Trachea is the main breathing tube. Collapsed trachea will cause a great deal of difficulty in breathing but not in swallowing. ...Read more
Does anyone know where to buy food/liquid thickeners for dysphagia do not contain cornstarch 8oz cannot case?
Search Internet: The main ingredient in non-cornstarch thickeners is xantham gum. If you search for "xantham gum thickeners dysphagia" you will find several options. ...Read more
My dad has parkinsins with Lewy bodys x7 yrs. Deteriorating. Newest symptom dysphagia. No longer responds to people at all. Prognosis?
Boy that depends: The cause of the dysphasia drives the treatment options. So many conditions can cause dysphagia. Autoimmune disorders, barret's, collagen disorders, cancer. Your options are driven by the diagnosis. First step of course is to get an appropriate diagnosis & discuss your options with the gastroenterologist. ...Read more
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