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Trouble Swallowing

Trouble swallowing (dysphagia) refers to an interruption in the swallowing process that can cause difficulty swallowing.  Eating slowly and chewing thoroughly can help reduce problems with swallowing. Patients may have difficulty swallowing liquids, solid foods, and pills.  Symptoms of swallowing disorders may include:

  • Coughing or choking when swallowing
  • A feeling that food or liquid is sticking in the throat
  • 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
  • Voice changes

Trouble swallowing may be due to a variety of causes that can include:

  • Poor teeth
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • An underlying neurologic disorder
  • Stroke
  • Acid reflux
  • Paralysis of the vocal cords
  • Cancerous growths in the throat

Our physicians can perform a detailed evaluation that often includes flexible laryngoscopy, an in-office procedure where the throat is evaluated with a specialized fiberoptic camera, helps the ENT provider see more detail in the throat, to help diagnose and treat these issues more effectively. The doctor may order additional diagnostic testing when indicated to evaluate the swallowing function.

If you or a family member are having trouble swallowing call Queen City Ear Nose and Throat at (704) 703-1080 or book an appointment online today.

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