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Can dysphagia get bad enough that I might need a feeding tube?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Unfortunately...yes

When people can't swallow enough food safely, the feeding tube are there to help make sure they get enough nutrition.
They have models that can be hidden easily if the issue is privacy/embarassment. Check with a GI doctor or general surgeon to see about the options. More importantly, figure out why the swallowing is so bad by going to an ENT doctor. Some causes are treatable.

In brief: Unfortunately...yes

When people can't swallow enough food safely, the feeding tube are there to help make sure they get enough nutrition.
They have models that can be hidden easily if the issue is privacy/embarassment. Check with a GI doctor or general surgeon to see about the options. More importantly, figure out why the swallowing is so bad by going to an ENT doctor. Some causes are treatable.
Dr. Ronda Alexander
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Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Yes

There are 2 types of dysphagia, esophageal and oropharyngeal.
The need for a feeding tube is much greater in patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia. Common causes include stroke, radiation exposure, dermatomyositis, dementia, parkinson's, and multiple sclerosis.

In brief: Yes

There are 2 types of dysphagia, esophageal and oropharyngeal.
The need for a feeding tube is much greater in patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia. Common causes include stroke, radiation exposure, dermatomyositis, dementia, parkinson's, and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. John Edmison
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