Voice Throat and Swallowing

Treatment for Voice, Throat and Swallowing Disorders in the DC Metro Area

ENT Doctors providing outstanding care for swallowing, voice & breathing issues

The upper aerodigestive tract is a passageway that coordinates three separate, complex functions: breathing, speaking and swallowing.  Only one of these functions can occur at a time, while the remaining two are temporarily inactive.  For example, when we are actively talking, we are not breathing or swallowing.  And similarly, during the time that we are actively swallowing, we are not breathing or talking.  We alternate these complicated functions of talking, breathing, and swallowing seamlessly and automatically.

We evaluate many patients who have problems of the upper aerodigestive tract, problems which affect your speech, breathing, and swallowing mechanism.

Sorting out your symptoms requires hearing the story of your symptoms, a review of your other medical problems, medications, and diet; and an examination which will require a fiberoptic laryngoscopy.  This is an examination performed in the office awake, with local anesthetic spray.  Patients tolerate this procedure very well with minimal discomfort and essentially no risks.

Treatments depend on your evaluation and examination.

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Frequent problems we evaluate include:

  • Hoarseness and voice changes
  • Vocal cord nodules, cysts, tumors, cancers, paralyzed vocal cords
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR): similar to GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) a condition in which acid from the stomach refluxes in the wrong direction towards the esophagus and voice box, contributing to hoarseness, throat pain and swallowing problems.
  • Throat irritation, dryness, discomfort and pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Choking on pills, solid food and liquids
  • A feeling of too much throat phlegm and frequent throat clearing
  • A lump sensation in the throat
  • Difficulty breathing

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