The larynx, or voice box is critical for normal swallowing and breathing caused by a variety of reasons including benign or malignant lesions.
Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty in swallowing. Some people with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing and may experience pain while swallowing as well and others may be completely unable to swallow and/or have trouble swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva. Therefore, eating presents a real challenge and is difficult to take in enough calories and fluids to nourish the body.
- The feeling that food or liquid is sticking in the throat
- Discomfort in the throat or chest (when gastroesophageal reflux is present)
- A sensation of a foreign body or “lump” in the throat
- Weight loss and inadequate nutrition due to prolonged or more significant problems with swallowing
- Coughing or choking caused by bits of food, liquid, or saliva not passing easily during swallowing, and being sucked into the lungs
- Voice change
- It can occur in any age groups, resulting from congenital abnormalities, structural damage, medications and/or medical conditions.
- Common complaint among older people, in stroke patients and in hospitalized patients and long term care facility residents.
Otolaryngologists/ENTs are experts in the management and treatment of diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders. In addition to dysphagia, we treat recurrent sore throats, hoarseness, lumps in the neck and pain or swelling of the salivary glands.
Call Cedar Crest Ears, Nose and Throat, we will conduct a formal evaluation and employ a variety of tests that examine the parts of the swallowing mechanism in order to diagnosis and recommend the proper treatment for the condition.
1251 S. Cedar Crest Blvd, Suite 110
*Adult and Pediatrics * Allergy Testing/Treatment * Neck Lumps
*Head & Neck Cancer * Chronic Sinus * Sore Throat *GERD
* Post Nasal Drip * Ear Disorders * Hearing & Balance
* Hearing Aid Sales & Repair * Sleep Apnea * Snoring
* Swallowing Disorders * Voice Disorders* Thyroid Disorders
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