Swallowing Disorders

The sensation of difficult swallowing (dysphagia) is a common complaint and can lead to significant morbitity including weight loss, malnutrition, and aspiration pneumonia. Dysphagia can stem from a multitude of causes including:

  • neurologic disorders

  • infectious

  • inflammatory

  • neoplastic

  • toxic (drug induced),

  • trauma

  • diverticula

  • psychogenic

Swallowing disorders are best addressed step-wise and in a multidisciplinary fashion. Initially, a thorough medical evaluation and diagnostic work-up is instituted to determine the cause and contributing factors to the swallowing disorder.

These may include:

  • Modified barium swallow

  • Barium esophagram,

  • pH probe testing

  • Esophageal manometry,

  • Trans-nasal esophagoscopy

  • FEES (functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing)

  • Laryngeal sensory testing

Once structural and functional defects are identified a treatment plan will be outlined which will include medical treatment, swallowing therapy, and if necessary surgical management.

For more information about our programs and services or to make an appointment, please call 410-328-6866 or 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).

This page was last updated: April 18, 2013

         
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