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Can esophageal cancer cause swallowing disorders?

Can esophageal cancer cause swallowing disorders?

Yes: The major disorder is the inability to swallow food or liquid comfortably. Esophageal cancer is generally circumferential, like a doughnut. The hole or the lumen becomes smaller as the cancer grows, making it difficult for food and then liquid to pass through. This is called dysphagia. It can be treated with radiation, placing a stent or surgery with removal and replacement of the esophagus. ...Read more

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Dr. Simion Zinreich
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Dandy Walker Syndrome (Definition)

The Dandy-Walker Syndrome involves a rare congenital malformation that affects the cerebellum and fourth ventricle. Sign and symptoms may be apparent at birth or develop within the 1st year. They include: excess brain fluid (hydrocephalus),increased cranial size, delay of motor skills development, partial paralysis of limbs, and seizures. Also visual motor learning ...Read more


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How are swallowing disorders evaluated?

How are swallowing disorders evaluated?

Gastroenterologist: Swallowing disorders may involve the muscles of the swallowing mechanism itself and/or the muscles of the esophagus (swallowing tube). The former are usually evaluated by professionals called speech pathologists. The latter by gastroenterologists, including measurements of the swallowing muscles called manometry. ...Read more

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Difficulty swallowing? Is that esophageal disorder or cancer?

Difficulty swallowing? Is that esophageal disorder or cancer?

Needs more eval: These symptoms could indicate either. Make an appointment with your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist. Common tests would include an upper endoscopy or an esophagram. ...Read more

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What stages in swallowing can disorders occur?

What stages in swallowing can disorders occur?

Dysphagia: "transfer dysphagia" is a problem moving the food bolus from your mouth to the top of the esophagus; "transit dysphagia" is a problem transiting the food down the esophagus. Motility studies (modified barium swallow with speech therapist; esophageal manometry) may be helpful in identifying the point of pathology, if present. Sometimes, just esophageal spasms can make swallowing feel problematic. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disorders cause problems with sleeping?

Can thyroid disorders cause problems with sleeping?

Yes: Hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia. Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue and daytime sleepiness. The real question is whether your thyroid condition is affecting your sleep as there are many factors which can goof up sleep. A sleep specialist could help sort that out. ...Read more

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Can dysphagia lead to an eating disorder?

Can dysphagia lead to an eating disorder?

Not really: Dysphagia implies difficulty swallowing, an anatomic or physiologic problem. An eating disorder focuses on eating as a psychiatric problem, but swallowing is not the issue. ...Read more

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Are swallowing problems mental or physical?

Are swallowing problems mental or physical?

Yes!: Psychology plays into throat symptoms, but organic causes are very common, e g reflux, neuromuscular conditions, large tonsils, etc. At a minimum, you should have a swallowing study (barium swallow study) or endoscopy (egd) before being told "it's all in your head!". ...Read more

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Could medications and mental disorders cause tooth problems?

Could medications and mental disorders cause tooth problems?

Of course: Patients mental disorders have increased risks of dental disease due to fear, costs, habits, life-style choices, distrust of dentists, negative past experiences or stigma felt at a dentist visit. Medications can cause gum problems, teeth clenching and tooth decay. ...Read more

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Can thyroid noudules cause swallowing problems?

Yes: Depending on the location on the gland and the size, they can press on the muscles of the throat or the esophagus itself. ...Read more

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Can eating disorder such as anorexia and compulsive eating cause gastritis?

Can eating disorder such as anorexia and compulsive eating cause gastritis?

Possibly.: An eating disorder can cause gastritis if there is vomiting associated with it or if a person is not eating enough, compared to the amount of acid produced in the stomach for normal digestion. The symptoms of gastritis, which can include nausea and pain, can also be caused by overeating or hunger from not eating enough. You should discuss this with your doctor and be examined. ...Read more

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What causes eating disorders?

What causes eating disorders?

Multiple stressors: Some likely causes are; sexual abuse, dysfunctional families full of ridicule regarding weight, size and eating habits, social pressures at school, home or organized groups one attends. Also medical problems affecting appearance, motor functions, speech or hearing. Our culture of thinness in the U.S. Is harmful. Clearly genetics has a role as well in "setting the table" for eating disorders. ...Read more

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What causes eating disorders?

What causes eating disorders?

Biological base: In my practice, the majority of patients with eating disorders have bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, so a similar anxiety disorder. The majority also have had some form of physical or sexual molestation or abuse. In my opinion, the best treatments focus on the causes. Biologically based causes respond well to medications, and the psychological damage responds to psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What disorders are associated with sleep paralysis?

What disorders are associated with sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis: Sleep paralysis does not have to be associated with a sleep disorder as it can be a normal phenomenon especially in people that are sleep deprived. It is simply a marker of being sleepy for whatever reason. It can be seen in narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, sleep apnea, and chronic sleep deprivation. It can also be a normal phenomenon in individuals without any of those circumstances. ...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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Can bulimia cause difficulty in breathing?

Can bulimia cause difficulty in breathing?

It's possible: Bulimia can lead to abnormalities in electrolytes and in the acid/base balance of the body. Some of these abnormalities can, in turn, lead to shortness of breath or other cardiac or respiratory symptoms. I recommend that the person having these symptoms see a professional as soon as possible for evaluation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Are eating disorders and depression genetic?

Are eating disorders and depression genetic?

Genetics: Yes, genetics plays a significant role in both these conditions . . . But is far from the only factor. There are many environmental influences also. Also you can do much to help yourself and avoid these outcomes, even if you may have certain genetic inheritance. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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