Category Archives: Throat


What is “silent” reflux?

Reflux in general refers to acid content in our stomach that is then pushed back in reverse into the upper digestive tract.  Depends what the reflux is doing, and in which ways you are being affected, there are various names for reflux issues. Let’s review some basic physiology first.  As we swallow food, that food […]


What are vocal cord cysts?

Our vocal cords are V-shaped structures that constantly open and close in order to allow for breathing versus vibrating and generating voice for speech. Occasionally, overuse or misuse of the vocal cords through shouting, loud singing, or other habits can cause damage to the vocal cords. One condition that can develop is called vocal cord […]


What is a Vallecular Cyst?

  Vallecular cyst is the name of specific type of cystic fullness in the area between the very back of the tongue (base of tongue), and the epiglottis. This area of the body is the empty space that is called the vallecula. Typically, there is quite a bit of lymphoid tissue in this location, similar […]


What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a clinical term that refers to any condition interfering with swallowing. The patients may have difficulty swallowing solids, liquids, or both. While in some people this is more of a rapid onset problem, others experience a slow gradual onset. In the more severe forms, patients may experience such severe difficulty that they may […]


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