Dysphagia Specialist

Fifth Avenue GI

Gastroenterologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia, has many causes. The medical team at Fifth Ave GI have the diagnostic tools and resources to uncover the cause of the condition and offer an appropriate treatment plan to relieve your discomfort. The office serves East Harlem and Upper East Side, New York and many of the nearby communities. If you're having difficulty swallowing or eating, call or click to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Dysphagia Q & A

What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a health condition that involves difficulty swallowing or trying to control the movement of food as it transitions from your mouth to the stomach.

The inability to swallow foods or liquids is sometimes not considered a problem until it begins to occur more frequently. Over time, it can result in pain and irritation of the throat that's similar to heartburn.

Many older adults begin to experience dysphagia as they age, but it can occur at any time no matter how old a person is. It's also caused by the following:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • A narrowed esophagus
  • Foreign objects, such as small particles of food
  • The inability of the esophageal sphincter to relax sufficiently

A thorough examination by the doctors at Fifth Ave GI will help to determine the cause of dysphagia and possible treatment options.

What symptoms are associated with the condition?

While the most common symptoms of dysphagia involve the inability to swallow and pain, there are others as well. They include:

  • Hoarseness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Heartburn/GERD
  • Regurgitation
  • Drooling
  • Choking or gagging

Symptoms are rather mild during the earliest stages. However, if left untreated, malnutrition and weight loss are possible health concerns that require attention.

Unexpected weight loss is attributable to many different types of health conditions, so you should schedule an examination with the doctors at Fifth Ave GI to get the answers you need for your digestive concerns.

When should you see a doctor?

When you first begin to have difficulty swallowing, it's imperative that you find out the cause. In the beginning, symptoms are often mild and occur infrequently. As the condition progresses and difficulties become noticeable, it's crucial that you seek medical attention promptly.

If you begin to feel overly fatigued and have noticed an unexpected drop in your weight even though your eating habits haven't changed, you need to schedule an appointment with the gastroenterologists of Fifth Ave GI.

The staff performs a variety of tests that will show what is happening in your digestive tract, allowing them to formulate an effective treatment plan that will get you back on the road to good health.