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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Clicking in throat

05/08/2009

Question:

when I swallow I have this clicking in my throat. It is only when I dry swallow. It never happens when I am drinking or eatting. I can hold my head a certain way and it does not click. It is worse when I lay down. Have you ever heard of this?

Answer:

A clicking in the throat that is positional in nature is likely due to the cartilages in the neck that provide the framework for the throat are rubbing against each other causing a clicking sound. This problem will not cause any long term medical problem. An evaluation by an ENT doctor should be performed to rule out any other disease process in the head and neck.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati