Dysphagia is when a patient has difficulty swallowing either solids or liquids. The term comes from the Greek word “dys,” meaning bad or difficult, and “phagein,” which means to eat.
Swallowing is a surprisingly complicated process that entails three stages. These are the:
Problems that result in dysphagia can occur during any of these three stages. Problems can be caused by a number of diseases and conditions. These include: physical obstructions in the esophagus or pharynx, such as a tumor; neurological disorders, caused by issues such as a stroke or Parkinson’s Disease; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and achalasia, a condition in which the muscles of the lower portion of the esophagus don’t relax.
Dr. Meek begins by taking a complete medical history, followed by either a
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the swallowing disorder. Options may include:
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