General ENT

Swallowing

Swallowing

Problems with swallowing (dysphagia) can be caused by loss of control over the muscles involved in swallowing which can slow swallowing and increase the risk of aspirating or from the narrowing of the esophagus.

We diagnose the most common swallowing problems including:

  • Delayed swallowing response:
  • Reduced pharyngeal peristalsis
  • Reduced laryngeal function
  • Reduced lingual function

Testing and Treatment

Assessment of swallowing problem

The first step in rehabilitation for a swallowing problem is a thorough evaluation. It will involve a detailed interview to explore the nature of your swallowing difficulty and identify factors that might be contributing to the problem, a clinical evaluation involving an examination of various structures (oral and pharyngeal) involved in swallowing, a mealtime evaluation, and a videofluoroscope evaluation.

Treatment of swallowing problems

The goal is to ensure you are swallowing correctly and safely to ensure proper nutrition and maintenance of your weight.

Treatments of swallowing problems

Shown below are some common swallowing problems and the interventions Island ENT could use to address each problem.

  • Poor tongue control
  • Impaired swallowing reflex
  • Incomplete closure of larynx during swallowing
  • Aspiration from oropharyngeal dysfunction
  • Severe fatigue affecting eating

We pride ourselves upon working with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.

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Our specialist will look at 4 distinct stages to see where the swallowing problem may be occuring

The medical professionals at Island ENT would love to hear from you. Let us help you with your Swallowing related issue

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