Swallowing and Reflux Center
Swallowing and Reflux Center

Digestive Disease Institute

Swallowing and Reflux Center

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Swallowing and Reflux Disorders

The Swallowing and Reflux Center at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is committed to providing the highest quality of care that puts Patients First. Our team of specialists is highly trained in a variety of procedures for the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of disorders of the foregut and esophagus, all in the same facility.

The most common symptoms for esophageal conditions include dysphagia (pain or difficulty when swallowing), heartburn, and chest pain.

After an initial consultation with a medical specialist, patients will likely undergo a number of diagnostic tests, which may include:

  • Esophageal manometry test: A test that evaluates how well the esophagus and the lower esophageal sphincter are pushing food through to the stomach.
  • pH monitoring: A test that measures the frequency and severity of acid reflux episodes over a period of 24 hours.
  • Barium esophagram: An x-ray imaging test to study the esophagus. Also known as a modified barium swallow test.
  • Video capsule endoscopy: A procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of the digestive tract.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound: An imaging test that involves inserting a flexible tube through the mouth that provides ultrasound images of the digestive tract.
  • Breath testing: A non-invasive test that involves blowing into a handheld device that measures the amount of certain gasses in the breath. High levels of certain types of gasses may indicate certain conditions such as esophageal cancers.

Treatment of Swallowing and Reflux Disorders

Treatments are available for a variety of patient conditions. Treatment options include surgery, minimally invasive surgery, balloon dilation, medications, and recommendations for lifestyle changes.

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Meet Our Team

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Swallowing and Reflux Center is run by a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, and medical assistants with special expertise in esophageal disorders. The team of caregivers includes:

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Advanced endoscopists
  • Thoracic surgeons specializing in minimally invasive procedures
  • General surgeons specializing in minimally invasive procedures
  • Otolaryngologists (Ear Nose Throat)
  • Speech pathologists
  • Allergy/immunology specialists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Medical assistants
  • Registered nurses
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