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How are swallowing disorders evaluated?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Howard Hack
Dr. Howard Hack
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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Team approach

Often, swallowing problems will need the help of a gastroenterologist (gi), otolaryngologist (ENT) as well as radiologist and speech pathologist.
The main thing is to have the swallowing passage looked at after you have a basic history and physical examination. The h&p helps the doctors think about the most likely causes and plann accordingly. Don't be afraid- they should explain it as you go.

In brief: Team approach

Often, swallowing problems will need the help of a gastroenterologist (gi), otolaryngologist (ENT) as well as radiologist and speech pathologist.
The main thing is to have the swallowing passage looked at after you have a basic history and physical examination. The h&p helps the doctors think about the most likely causes and plann accordingly. Don't be afraid- they should explain it as you go.
Dr. Ronda Alexander
Dr. Ronda Alexander
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