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What causes difficulty in swallowing after a whiplash injury?

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Dr. Erion Spaho

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Practicing since :2004

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Posted on Thu, 8 Sep 2016 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: Recently involved in a rta being treated for whiplash I have developed a soreness when I swallow hard food or a hot drink
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Retropharyngeal swelling.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Swallowing problems after cervical spine damage and whiplash may be caused by retropharyngeal swelling and compression of esophagus.

Immobilization of the neck with a collar is necessary to reduce movements and swelling.

NSAID drugs, Corticosteroids like Methylprednisolone may be necessary to be used in order to improve your symptoms.

Please discuss with your primary care Doctor about these issues.

Let me know if I can assist you further.


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