Dysphagia, also known as difficulty swallowing, can lead to serious health issues, including: malnutrition, weight loss dehydration and respiratory problems. At Anne Arundel ENT, located in Annapolis, Maryland, board certified otolaryngologist Dr. Robert Baxter Meek, III, has two decades of experience in diagnosing and treating dysphagia.
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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