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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

presby esophagus

12/29/1998

Question:

what is presby esophagus? is there any treatment for it?

Answer:

The prefix "presby" refers to changes related to aging. For example, a person with presbylarynx has the changes in the larynx, or voice box, that are seen with aging. In males this would be a higher voice while in females this is a lower voice. Presbyesophagus is an uncommonly used term that is less clear. Usually with aging the esophagus becomes dryer and the muscles weaker. This can result in some mild alterations of swallowing. As this is a vague diagnosis, the general management would be to rule out more serious causes of difficulty in swallowing. If none are found after a complete evaluation then the treatment is dictated by the symptoms and their severity.

Lyon Gleich, M.D.; Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology; College of Medicine; University of Cincinnati Medical Center

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Thomas A Tami, MD Thomas A Tami, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati