Thursday, October 8, 2015


Persistent symptoms should not be ignored because the condition can worsen if not treated well in time


is a condition that causes swallowing difficulty.This inability to swallow foods or liquids with ease affects people for many reasons.Dr.Tejeswi Nataraj,consultant internal medicine,BGS Global Hospital,says,"The difficulty to swallow may be temporary and go away on its own.However in old age,this condition can worsen if not diagnosed and treated,people who are addicted to chewing tobacco may get throat cancer.Those who may suffer stroke may also suffer the constriction of muscle near the neck.Immune system issues also cause swelling ( or inflammation )and laxity of the throat muscles.This condition may also be present in children due to birth defects"

The condition may also be caused by dehydration or infection of the throat and chest

Dr.Lorance Peter,consultant and HOD gastroenterologist,Manipal Hospital,says,"The problem may go on its own.However if the symptoms persist,a medical consultation is a must.If the swallowing problems are persistent,they can result in malnutrition and dehydration,especially in the very young and elderly and cause recurrent respiratory infections and aspiration pneumonia.All of these complications are serious and life threating and must be treated".

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