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[Dysphagia] increased saliva and esophageal cancer



His speech production is slow with distorted slushy articulation. ***This dysarthria cannot be caused solely by saliva. Excess saliva is relatively rare and is more related to the inability to swallow the saliva produced than excess production itself.

I inquired if still dentures  still fit and he stated he they do (altho he has no extra body fat) ***The fit of dentures has no relationship to fat,  only to the presence of enough saliva to create the needed suction.  but his mouth is very painful,  ***Stomatitis is one of the few causes of excess saliva.
His lymph glands are sore as well.
***Spread of CA?

HIs GI specialist told him the increased phlegm is coming from the ulcer'  *** I thought it was saliva?  If it is mucus then it is most likely because of acid reflux stimulating the mucous membranes of the esophagus ? common in GERD.
He stated he has a 'concave lesion"  ***Concave lesion of the esophageal wall is a common spreading carcinoma.
has difficullty sleeping at night due to ropey saliva and feeling of choking.
***I would suggest that this is due to mouth
breathing and inability to swallow. One hears much the same thing from ALS patients.
It sounds to me as though this unfortunate gentleman now has a paraneoplastic
syndrome in addition to his original carcinoma with possible metastases as
well. Esophageal carcinoma is a devastating, usually untreatable disease
because it is discovered often when it is too late to treat effectively.

> Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 12:02:49 -0400
> From: manitoulinslp at gmail.com
> To: dysphagia at dysphagia.com
> Subject: [Dysphagia] increased saliva and esophageal cancer
> 
> I am asking for information from a gentleman who is not a client. . who has
> difficulty speaking due to greatly increased saliva in his mouth.  His
> speech production is slow with distorted slushy articulation.
> 
> We got into a conversation and he stated he was diagnosed with esophageal
> cancer and given 6 months to live. He choose to take a homeopathic route ..
> no chemo and radiation.. and follows a strict diet of no wheat, sugar,salt,
> meat or fish..
> That was 18 months ago.  He seems quite fit, does manual labour.
> I inquired if still dentures  still fit and he stated he they do (altho
> he has no extra body fat)  but his mouth is very painful, not his throat.
> His lymph glands are sore as well.. he prefers to take no pain medication.
> 
> HIs GI specialist told him the increased phlegm is coming from the
> ulcer'  He stated he has a 'concave lesion"  ? Barettte's  esophagus?  He
> has difficullty sleeping at night due to ropey saliva and feeling of
> choking.
> I  did suggest drinking more lqiquid & was going to suggest trying a  baking
> soda  & water rinse  for the ropey slaiva but he cannot take that.
> 
> I wondered if anyone has any suggestions for someone who follows the
> homeopathic route.  I seem to recall something about papaya or cayenne ?
> 
>  Many thanks,
> 
> Jane
> 
> -- 
> Jane Little, Reg. CASLPO, SLP(C)
> Speech-Language Pathologist
> #364, Concession Road 6 East
> Tehkummah, Ontario
> P0P 2C0
> phone/fax # 705-859-3592
> ManitoulinSLP at gmail.com
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