Monday, January 12, 2015

Foamy Secretions

My brother has cancer of the esophagus - lost his voice and is now speaking again. He is still unable to swallow after radiation /chemo.  He keeps getting lots of foaming coming up even after trying to swallow one drop of water. Any suggestion to eliminate the foaming? Thanks

Barbara P. Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S replies...

Thank you for your online request. Certainly every situation is different and it is not possible for me to know what treatments were performed, but generally speaking - I would recommend that evaluation by a speech pathologist to determine why swallowing is not possible and that may indeed determine why foamy secretions are so persistent and copious.

Kind regards,

Barbara

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