Friday, August 25, 2006

Health Tip: Have Difficulty Swallowing?

(HealthDay News) -- Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a common problem among the elderly, according to The Center for Voice at Northwestern University.

Contributing factors could include poor teeth, ill-fitting dentures or a cold. One of the most common causes is gastroesophageal reflux, when stomach acid moves up the esophagus to the pharynx.

Medication and surgery can help treat dysphagia. Swallowing therapy performed by a speech pathologist also can help. If the problem persists, however, see an otolaryngologist -- more commonly known as an ear-nose-and-throat doctor.

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