Swallowing Disorders - St. Augustine ENT

Swallowing disorders (Dysphagia) is a general term that characterizes the lack of ability to move food to the stomach from the mouth. This disorder could be secondary to deficiencies from any of the three swallowing phases. These include the oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal phases of swallowing. In general the majority of swallowing disorders are temporary and not life threatening.

An ENT doctor, such as Dr. DePasquale, understands the anatomy and physiology of the body parts affected by dysphagia and how those relate to proper diagnosis and treatment. If you are experiencing persistent problems or difficulty swallowing, it's important you get a thorough examination of your mouth and throat. Failure to seek medical attention could cause further problems, such as dehydration and malnutrition.

Are You Having Difficulty Swallowing?

Warning signs of Dysphagia are symptomatic and include:

  • difficulty swallowing
  • voice change
  • drooling
  • coughing after eating
  • weight loss
  • general weakness
  • nasal regurgitation
  • pain in the hypopharnyx

NOTE: In some cases a neurological disorder or tumor could be the cause, so it's important to seek professional help if symptoms persist.

If you are having problems or difficulty swallowing that will seem to be getting worse or will not go away , call us at 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt email response.

DISCLAIMER: This website provides information for educational purposes only. The content is not intended to be used for medical diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical or surgical condition. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician or healthcare provider without delay.