Dysphagia, or more commonly referred to as a swallowing disorder, can afflict people of all ages but is generally more prevalent in the elderly. Those with dysphagia often have trouble swallowing food or liquid and passing it from the mouth to the stomach. Although this feeling may cause a bit of anxiety or nervousness, it is rarely an indicator of something more serious. Dysphagia may clear up on its own but, when it does not, one should consult an otolaryngologist.
More than 60 million American adults suffer from heartburn at least once a month. The more long-lasting and and serious form is referred to as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Laryngopharyngeal reflux is similar to gastroesophageal reflux disease but those suffering from LPR often do not experience heartburn. Therefore, LPR is often referred to as silent reflux.