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Esophageal and Swallowing Disorders

The Center for Esophageal and Swallowing Disorders provides patients with a variety of esophageal problems with a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation to find the cause and give the appropriate treatment for the esophageal condition.

The esophagus is a tubular neuro-muscular organ that carries what we eat or drink from the throat into the stomach. This process requires a healthy esophagus which can be affected in many different ways. The esophagus can be damaged from acid reflux, infections, medications, radiation, benign or malignant tumors, surgical procedures, neuromuscular diseases and many other causes. The most common symptoms arising from the esophagus are swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), painful swallowing, heartburn or acid indigestion and chest pain. The esophagus can also be the source for asthma, prolonged hoarseness, cough or sore throat.

Our staff work closely with other specialties in a multidisciplinary way to approach and solve the patient's problem. These include Advanced Endoscopists, Thoracic and General surgeons, ENT physicians and Speech Pathologists, Allergy-Immunology and Pulmonologists as well as Radiologists and Pathologists.

The team also includes American Board Certified Gastroenterologist with special interest, expertise and experience in esophageal disorders. Staff also includes medical assistants and registered nurses who perform diagnostic procedures dedicated to diagnose esophageal disorders.

The Center commonly evaluates and treats patients with:

The diagnostic technology includes:

The Center also provides services for breath tests (H.pylori, glucose, lactose, fructose) secretin stimulation testing and more.

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Edgar Achkar, MD
 

Edgar Achkar, MD

Achkar, Edgar, MD
216.444.6536

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine

 
Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
 

Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD

Birgisson, Sigurbjorn, MD
216.444.0780

Location(s): Abu Dhabi

Department: Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Specialties: Achalasia, Barrett's Esophagus, Caustic Ingestion, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal Varices, Esophagitis more

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: University of Iceland School of Medicine

 
Monica Ray, MD
 

Monica Ray, MD

Ray, Monica, MD
216.444.7000

Location(s): Willoughby Hills Family Health Center, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Specialties: Achalasia, Barrett's Esophagus, Caustic Ingestion, Collagenous Colitis, Colorectal Cancer, Diarrhea, Eosinophilic Esophagitis more

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

 
Prashanthi Thota, MD
 

Prashanthi Thota, MD

Thota, Prashanthi, MD
216.444.7000

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Strongsville Family Health Center

Department: Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Specialties: Abdominal Pain, Achalasia, Anemia, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue), Clostridium Difficile Colitis, Collagenous Colitis more

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Gandhi Medical College, University of Health Sciences

 
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Nutrition Services and Lifestyle Changes Regarding Swallowing Disorders

Our Center for Human Nutrition is part of our Digestive Disease Institute. Nutrition plays a large role in treating the symptoms of having an esophageal or swallowing related disorder. Our Center is one of the only centers in the nation offering comprehensive services, including specialized teams for nutrition therapy, intestinal rehabilitation and nutrition support.

Dietary Tips for Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders

Certain foods can trigger your symptoms. Keep a food diary to discover what foods you should or shouldn't eat. Common food triggers include:

  • Citrus juice or fruits
  • Spicy foods
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Fatty or fried food

Avoid smaller meals and avoid lying down for at least three hours after eating. Sleep with the head of your bed elevated, as this can help prevent stomach acid from flowing into the esophagus.

Treatment options for your swallowing disorder may include working with our Center for Human Nutrition. Learn more about the Center:

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To find a digestive specialist for your needs, contact the Digestive Disease Institute at 216.444.7000 (or toll-free 1.800.223.2273, ext. 47000)

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To arrange a same-day visit, call 216.444.7000

This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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