Dysphagia occurs when you have a difficult time swallowing. Many symptoms include drooling, choking when eating, regurgitation, recurrent heartburn, unexplained weight loss, etc. The cause of dysphagia varies. It is often due to physical malformations, GERD, tumors, stroke, caffeine intake, poor dietary habits, and neuromuscular conditions. Tools often used to diagnose this include modified barium swallow as well as flexible laryngoscopy. Treatments depend on the cause of the swallowing problem. Treatments can includes different medicines, speech therapy (really swallowing therapy), and surgery. The type of surgery depends on the cause of the swallowing problem.
Call Waco Ear, Nose & Throat at (254) 776-7744 for more information or to schedule an appointment.