June 16, 2016

Esophageal & Swallowing Disorders

Esophageal & Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) can manifest at any age for a variety of reasons. Working in conjunction with swallowing therapists, Peak ENT can help diagnose common problems that prevent patients from swallowing normally.

Transnasal Esophagoscopy

Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE): Peak ENT’s digital endoscopy suite in Broomfield allows in-office and non-sedated esophagoscopy. Traditionally, gastroenterologists perform similar upper-GI endoscopies (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD) under sedative anesthesia that require close monitoring and extended recovery time. Otolaryngologists with special training now perform this procedure in the office with minimal discomfort. TNE has proven useful for diagnosing esophageal disorders such as strictures (narrowing), infectious/inflammatory diseases and abnormal premalignant or malignant lesions at the gastro-esophageal junction (Barrett’s Esophagus and carcinomas).

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer has the fastest growing rate of all cancers in the United States and is the seventh leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. In addition to problems swallowing, many of the early symptoms of esophageal cancer include chronic cough, hoarseness, and globus (sensation that something is stuck in the throat). Long-standing untreated or undiagnosed gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) are considered significant risk factors for developing cancer of the esophagus. Patients with these symptoms should undergo an esophagoscopy and/or barium swallow study for further evaluation and screening.