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What does it mean if my baby has trouble swallowing?

What does it mean if my baby has trouble swallowing?

Depends: Swallowing problems can be from many causes and should be addressed with the help of your pediatrician and maybe a feeding expert (such as an occupational therapist) or an ent. Less serious causes (sore throat) resolve quickly. More serious causes include a mass in the throat, developmental delays, severe reflux, anaphylaxis, and more. These should all be discussed with your baby's physician. ...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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I am having trouble swallowing. Does this mean I have esophageal cancer?

I am having trouble swallowing.  Does this mean I have esophageal cancer?

Not necessarily: However, you should see your doctor and be evaluated with what is called a barium esophagram. This is a study that looks at the x-ray contours of your esophagus. This may need to be followed up with a flexible endoscopy, whcih is a camera that looks inside your esophagus to find any abnormalities. ...Read more

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What does it mean if i'm having difficulty swallowing own saliva?

What does it mean if i'm having difficulty swallowing own saliva?

Esophageal Stricture: You may have a narrowing of your esophagus if you are having trouble swallowing anything. If it is limited to your saliva and not food and drink there should not be a problem with the fluid your glands make to keep your mouth moist and aid in digestion of food. ...Read more

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Just went in for a gastrointestinal scope. Esopophagus looked a little puffy & red. What does this mean? Have been having trouble swallowing .

Biopsy report: There could be several causes. The gastroenterologist likely did a biopsy and will be able to answer the question once the results return. ...Read more

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Had manometry-les doesn't relax.Endoscope-sphincter action visually absent.What does this mean? Regurgatation, trouble swallowing, feel lump tthroat.

Had manometry-les doesn't relax.Endoscope-sphincter action visually absent.What does this mean? Regurgatation, trouble swallowing, feel lump tthroat.

Poss achalasia: Sometimes les doesn't relax causing delayed passage of food or liquid from esophagus into stomach, usually worse with solids. Discuss with GI doctor to make sure nothing more serious going on. ...Read more

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One of the symptoms for tetanus is trouble swallowing what do they mean by that? Because my mouth is dry and it's hard to swallow due to the dryness

Tetanus: People with tetanus have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) because of muscle stiffness and spasms, not because of a dry mouth and throat. If you have not been immunized against tetanus, however, it would be wise to do so. ...Read more

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Can trouble swallowing, body aches, excess mucus in throat , cough. And green phlegm mean throat cancer?

Can trouble swallowing, body aches, excess mucus in throat , cough. And green phlegm mean throat cancer?

Not likely : These symptoms are more indicative of infection (either viral or bacterial). Cancers can lead to a secondary infection though, and if they don't fully resolve with time or treatment you should consider bringing this possibility up with your provider, especially if you smoke. ...Read more

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What can cause trouble swallowing?

A million and one : ...Reasons, my friend, from physical obstruction to functional problems in the swallowing mechanism. If this is about you, i suggest you visit your doc who will evaluate you and hopefully fix the problem. ...Read more

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I started having trouble swallowing food help! please?

I started having trouble swallowing food help! please?

Seek an evaluation : There are many causes for a person to have issues swallowing and without more information it's difficult to better guide you. This is something that you don't want to ignore because it could really become a serious problem. So review this with your doctor sooner rather than later. You could consider a formal consultation on HealthTap, but this still may very well lead you back to your doctor. ...Read more