Dysphagia- available treatment option?
Hello, my brother in law is a 43-year-old man with hypertension and a 5-year history of dysphagia. Foods, especially solids but occasionally liquids, are sticking at the level of his upper sternum with every meal. He is usually able to get the food down with repeated swallows or by drinking water. More recently, he has noticed the spontaneous regurgitation of clear, foamy liquid and undigested food into his mouth, especially when bending over after dinner. His wife has noted that he coughs at night and has lost 7 to 8 lb. Additional complaints include episodes of chest seizures, characterized as a squeezing pain without radiation, that can occur at any time of day. These episodes last for several minutes to 1 hour and are unrelated to physical activity or meals. Drinking cold water sometimes helps alleviate the pain. Is there any treatment for this condition?
@sanghbarta Treatment usually depends on the cause and type of dysphagia.
Many cases of dysphagia can be improved with careful management, but a cure isn't always possible.
Treatments for dysphagia include:
speech and language therapy to help people recover their swallowing with special exercises and techniques
changing the consistency of food and liquids to make them safer to swallow
other forms of feeding – such as tube feeding through the nose or stomach
surgery to widen the oesophagus, by stretching it or inserting a plastic or metal tube (stent)