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Friday, February 29, 2008

Swallowing & Esophageal Disorders, including Barrett's Esophagus

The Cleveland Clinic's Center for Swallowing & Esophageal Disorders offers a coordinated, comprehensive program to treat swallowing and esophageal disorders including Barrett's Esophagus. The Center's multisdisciplinary team includes gastroenterologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons, neurologists, lung specialists, swallowing therapists, and ear, nose, and throat specialists. Approximately, 1,500 patients are seen annually in the Center for Swallowing & Esophageal Disorders, including patients with Barrett’s Esophagus .

Millions of Americans have trouble swallowing or complain of heartburn and acid reflux. These problems may be caused by malfunctioning of the physical structures in the mouth, throat or esophagus, damage to the nerves or muscles coordinating swallowing in these organs, or physical obstruction to these organs. Acid reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus, throat or mouth can lead to Barrett’s Esophagus and also cause esophagitis and its complications -- chest pain, asthma and breathing problems, or ear, nose and throat complaints including recurrent coughing.

Early diagnosis and intervention are very important. Left untreated, swallowing and esophageal disorders can lead to serious problems.

Via: http://cms.clevelandclinic.org

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