Ears, Nose and Throat

Esophageal Motility – Movement of Food through the Esophagus

There are three parts to swallowing which allows food from the mouth to enter the stomach and thus commence with the processes of digestion and absorption. The esophageal stage of swallowing is the last part and follows the pharyngeal stage which is preceded by the voluntary stage. The esophageal stage of swallowing, like >> Read More ...

Sore Throat No Fever with Nasal Congestion

TheresaK Asked : I have been experiencing a persistent sore throat for 3 days, mainly in the morning when I wake up. It started after a late night out and I was out in the cold and drinking alcohol. At first I thought it was from the booze and weather and maybe I had caught a cold. But it is going on with no fever or >> Read More ...

What is Achalasia? Esophagus, Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES)

Achalasia is a rare condition where the movement of food through the esophagus and into the stomach is impaired due to failure of some of the esophageal muscles to relax. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) which is a ring of muscles that control the passage of food between the esophagus and stomach are hypertonic meaning >> Read More ...

Acid Reflux, Throat Irritation when Reclining, in the Morning

WendiH Asked : I have been suffering with acid reflux for years and as result I have this persistent sore throat when I wake up in the morning. In the past few months, my heartburn has settled a lot with the chronic medication that my doctor has put me on now but I still seem to have this sore throat upon waking. It is not >> Read More ...

Coughing Up Food, Constantly Clearing Throat

CherelleV Asked : I am a 27 year old female and recently when I cough I find some food particles collect in my mouth. It doesn’t always happen but it is often. If I am alone I spit out these particles and they look like small grains of rice – more like risotto rice grains. They are almost white and very soft. >> Read More ...

Nasal Polyp Surgery, Removal

Surgery for nasal polyps, which is known as a nasal polypectomy, is usually considered when others forms of treatment do not provide any lasting relief from the symptoms. Surgical removal of a nasal polyp does not guarantee permanent eradication and there is a chance that the polyp can recur. While you may not be keen on >> Read More ...

Causes of Difficulty in Swallowing – Oropharyngeal Dysphagia

Causes of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia Most causes of oropharyngeal dysphagia are neurological or muscular in origin, however, in infants and children it is more likely to be due to an anatomical defect or development abnormalities. Oropharyngeal dysphagia may also be referred to as high dysphagia. The signs and symptoms of the >> Read More ...
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