It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Dysphagia (swallowing Problems).
A speech pathologist will help in diagnosing dysphagia especially trying to understand where the problem lies. A full medical history and questions regarding the onset of symptoms are especially helpful. Also, the pathologist will ask if the problem is with solids, liquids or both. The speech pathologist may do a few tests to help with determining the cause or location of the problem. A swallow study in which different consistencies of liquid and solid food are administered to the patient to see which ones cause problems. A barium swallow test is also performed as well as an endoscopy. Treatment can include home and lifestyle changes or in some cases a surgical approach is required. It depends on the type and cause of the dysphagia.