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Dysphagia (Swallowing Problems)

General Information

Having trouble swallowing is a frightening experience. This can include difficulty starting swallowing or feeling that something is stuck in your throat. The medical term for this sensation is dysphagia, and a number of causes can contribute to it.

When you have difficulty swallowing, the expert emergency room team at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department can help. If your swallowing problem prevents you from breathing, call 911 or visit the nearest ER.

Dysphagia symptoms

You may notice that your dysphagia is constant or comes and goes. Sometimes there’s a trigger for it. Always let your doctor know details about your swallowing problems, including if you experience any of these related symptoms:

  • Food or drink coming out the nose
  • Regurgitating food or drink, which is when it comes back up into your throat
  • Choking, gagging or coughing
  • Drooling
  • Heartburn
  • Neck or chest pain
  • Voice changes or hoarseness

What causes dysphagia?

Dysphagia is often the symptom of an underlying disorder, such as head and neck cancer, stroke or esophageal spasms. Sometimes the cause is not obvious and diagnostic tests are needed to pinpoint the problem.

Treating swallowing problems at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department

Our ER Colleagues work hard to get to the bottom of your swallowing problems. We’re equipped with advanced imaging and other diagnostic tools to learn what’s causing your difficulty with swallowing. Your emergency treatment may involve removing a foreign object or providing relief from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a possible cause of dysphagia.

We can also connect with you a primary care provider to treat any underlying conditions, such as certain nervous system conditions. Whether you’re receiving emergency treatment for a serious illness or condition or ongoing care, we strive to provide personalized treatment that reflects your unique needs. Visit Goshen Health for complete healthcare services.

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