Top
30
Doctor insights on: Dysphagia Mechanical Soft Diet

Share
1

1
When someone says "dysphagia diet" are they referring to full clear liquids and pureed?

When someone says "dysphagia diet" are they referring to full clear liquids and pureed?

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

Dr. Arthur Heller
2,585 Doctors shared insights

Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


2

2
Possible explanation: lump in upper right side of neck, clicks when pushed, not painful. Occasional difficulty swallowing. Weight gain w healthy diet?

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

3

3
What is dysphagia?

What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia: Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing. There are many different causes. This does not include painful swallow, which goes by the term odynophagia. ...Read more

4

4
How common is dysphagia?

Dysphasia.: Dysphagia is reported to occur in 8% to 10% of the general population over the age of 50 years. [1] however, rates as high as 30% to 40% may be found in patients residing in homes for the aged. [2] [3] dysphagia can be caused by functional or structural abnormalities of the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, or gastric cardias. ...Read more

5

5
What could cause dysphagia?

What could cause dysphagia?

Many causes: Dysphagia is caused by many things, gastroesophageal reflux, strictures, muscle disorder of the esophagus, cancer, spasm... Workup may include an endoscopy to view the esophagus, barium swallow, muscle tests of the esophagus called manometry, ... ...Read more

6

6
How is dysphagia diagnosed?

How is dysphagia diagnosed?

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

7

7
How can you treat dysphagia?

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

8

8
What is a good way to investigate if someone has dysphagia?

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

9

9
Are there racial disparities in regards to dysphagia diagnosis?

Are there racial disparities in regards to dysphagia diagnosis?

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

10

10
Are there certain foods that can make my dysphagia easier to handle?

Dysphagia foods: Soft, gooey foods are easier to swallow. Solid foods may be minced or blenderized or added to foods like pudding or jello to aid is swallowing. Go see a speech therapist to suggest dietary modifications. ...Read more

11

11
If someone has dysphagia but eats enough, will there be any long-term complications?

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

12

12
Can dysphagia lead dehydration?

Yes: If one has enough difficulty in swallowing, then one may not drink enough fluids to stay hydrated. This dehydration needs to be treated immediately and then the underlying disorder must also be found and treated. ...Read more

13

13
Does dysphagia run in the family?

Perhaps...: Dysphagia is a general term referring to swallowing disorders. There are certain familial conditions which can be associated with swallowing disorders. ...Read more

14

14
Can cancer cause dysphagia?

Can cancer cause dysphagia?

Yes, but...: cancer can cause dysphagia, but there are many other potential causes of dysphagia besides cancer. Until a cause is isolated, dysphagia must be worked up by your doctor. It is often easily treatable. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

15

15
Can acupuncture improve dysphagia?

Can acupuncture improve dysphagia?

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

16

16
Symptoms of hypoxia, cough and dysphagia?

Symptoms of hypoxia, cough and dysphagia?

? aspiration: These could all be due to recurrent aspiration. ...Read more

17

17
Is there a way to strengthen my swallow due to dysphagia?

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

18

18
Can GERD worsen dysphagia?

Can GERD worsen dysphagia?

Yes: Gerd can cause peptic strictures (narrowing) of the esophagus as well as reflux-induced esophageal dysmotility (abnormal peristalsis / contractions). ...Read more

19

19
Can dysphagia lead to a malnutrition?

Yes: Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing and this difficuly could lead to not wanting to eat in a healthy, sustaining way. Get the problem fixed. ...Read more

20

20
Dysphagia/difficulty swallowing causes?

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

21

21
Anyone here treat dysphagia or achalasia?

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

22

22
Does oropharyngeal dysphagia cause constant coughing?

Does oropharyngeal dysphagia cause constant coughing?

Coughing: It is does if you are aspirating, impaired sensory innervation, or have associated laryngophargeal reflux. try prilosec and see ENT. May need barium esophageal. ...Read more

23

23
What is the difference between in dysphagia and globus?

DYSPHAGIA: Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing. Globus means sensation of fullness or mass in the throat. They may occur together but usually occur independently. ...Read more

24

24
How long does dysphagia typically resolve after a linx procedure?

How long does dysphagia typically resolve after a linx procedure?

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

25

25
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

26

26
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

27

27
My dad has parkinsins with Lewy bodys x7 yrs. Deteriorating. Newest symptom dysphagia. No longer responds to people at all. Prognosis?

My dad has parkinsins with Lewy bodys x7 yrs. Deteriorating. Newest symptom dysphagia. No longer responds to people at all. Prognosis?

Prognosis Poor: Unfortunately there is no treatment for Lewy body dementia. The development of dysphagia is an ominous sign. I recommend you discuss hospice care with his treating provider. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

28

28
What are my treatment options with dysphagia?

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

30

30
Can acdf c-5-6/c-6-7 surgery cause permanent dysphagia?

Yes: Dysphagia is common after anterior cervical surgery. It can persist for weeks and sometimes month. If there is problem with swallowing liquids, saliva or it persists beyond a few months an ENT review may be indicated. ...Read more

Dr. John Comisi
279 Doctors shared insights

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