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I have an inability to swallow at times, then it will relax

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I have an inability to swallow at times, then it will relax
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Ronald E. Lemmons, M.D. replied 9 years ago.

Hinurse947, Thanks for the question. I'm going to assume you mean lyrngospasm, although this is different from dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Laryngospasm would be spasm involving the larynx and vocal cords( trouble breathing). Both can be rather benign, or need urgent attention, especially laryngospasm, as interruption of breathing demands immediate action at times.

With dysphagia it definitely needs work up andbarium swallows, and or pressure studies, orpreferably an esophagoscopy, to determine whether in might be something between anxiety and a lesion of some sort. You definitely need to see a professional, and we will hope that it is just "nerves".

I hope this answers your question to your satisfaction. If so please click on Accept, if now , please get back to me with more questions, or clarifications. Dr. L