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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

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Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty with swallowing is the sensation that food is stuck in the throat, or from the neck down to just above the abdomen ...Read more


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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