Inability to Swallow Treatment
The treatment for difficulty swallowing depends on the underlying cause. Physical therapy is helpful for those who have damage to the part of the brain that controls swallowing. Physical therapy may also be helpful for those who have damage to the nerves that control the throat and esophagus. Unfortunately, these causes can result in permanent difficulty swallowing.
A foreign body may be removed from the esophagus with an endoscope. Irritation of the esophagus, such as reflux esophagitis, responds well to medications. In some cases, surgery is required to repair the esophagus.
Treatment for difficulty swallowing may include:
- Endoscopy for dysphagia:
- Dilate the esophagus to improve the passage of food through the esophagus
- Removal of a foreign object from the esophagus
- Physical therapy for dysphagia
- Swallowing exercises
- Liquid diet
- Acid-blocker medication:
- Surgery for dysphagia:
- To repair the esophagus
Inability to Swallow Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat difficulty swallowing:
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