Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing. This problem can be cause by abnormal functioning of the mouth (oral cavity), throat (pharynx and larynx) and/or the "food tube" (esophagus). Common symptoms of dysphagia include coughing or choking when eating, feeling of food or liquid getting "stuck" in the mouth or throat and/or feeling as though you need to clear your throat frequently when eating.
The Laryngology team at the KU Voice and Swallow Center evaluates and treats swallowing disorders caused by any number of medical problems including head and neck cancer, neurological conditions, traumatic exposure, autoimmune conditions and gastrointestinal disorders. Non-instrumental evaluation can be completed in the clinic; however limited information can be obtained from this type of testing. Instrumental evaluation including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and Modified Barium Swallow Evaluation (MBSE) are frequently used methods. The method of evaluation and subsequent treatment program is selected based upon each patient's clinical history.
If you are concerned that you are having difficulty swallowing, we welcome the opportunity to serve you.