Leslie Price
Leslie H. Price, M.D.

Leslie H. Price, M.D.

Leslie H. Price, M.D.
Specialty

Gastroenterology

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Celiac Sprue Disease, Colon Cancer Prevention, Colon Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Diarrhea, Chronic, Endoscopy, Esophageal Achalasia, Esophogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), Familial Colon Cancer, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux, GI Motility Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Swallowing Disorders

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Insurance Accepted:

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Philosophy of Care

Dr. Price practices general Gastroenterology & Hepatology with a particular interest in gastrointestinal motility disorders. She is convinced that effective communication and explanation leading to informed consent are fundamentally important to patient care. She feels privileged and proud to be part of a care team that is determined to provide excellent patient care for the patient and their family during periods of medical stress.

Personal Interests

When not at work, Dr. Price usually spends time with her husband and family. She enjoys cooking, hiking, running, reading, and yoga.

Medical School

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Residency

Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Fellowship(s)

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Board Certifications

Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Gastroenterology

Professional Associations:

American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society; American College of Gastroenterology; American Gastroenterological Association

Living with achalasia like Seahawk Malcolm Smith

On February 3, 2014, Yahoo Sports published an article regarding this years’ Super Bowl MVP, Malcolm Smith, as not only achieving recognition for his Super Bowl performance, but also dealing with a rare swallowing disorder known as achalasia.
 
Achalasia is a rare disorder with a prevalence of 10 cases per 100,000 individuals.  Men and women are equally affected and it is usually diagnosed between the ages of 25 to 60 years.  The disease often comes on slowly and is gradually progressive with problems swallowing solids and liquids, and movement of undigested food particles back up into the mouth unintentionally (bland regurgitation).  Patients also often complain of a burning chest sensation. Other symptoms include hiccups, difficulties belching, and sometimes weight loss.

The condition can be seen with radiology studies including a barium esophagram that shows a dilated, or larger than normal, caliber of the esophagus with a narrowing or tightness at the lower esophageal sphincter. The lower esophageal sphincter is located at the end of the esophagus before it enters the stomach.  An upper endoscopy or camera study is often performed to evaluate the esophagus and stomach closely.  It is ultimately diagnosed with high-resolution esophageal manometry, which is a technique for evaluating esophageal motor dysfunction or movement disorders of the esophagus.

Once achalasia is diagnosed, there are different treatment options ...

Troubles swallowing food or liquids – what does it mean?

Dysphagia refers to the sensation of food or liquid being delayed or hindered from the mouth to the stomach.  This abnormality is increasingly recognized as an important concern that requires attention and study.  There are many causes of impaired swallowing, which are categorized into two types, mechanical, a structural barrier to food bolus movement, and motility disorders, involving abnormal muscle movement.  There are also two major anatomical sites, oropharyngeal and esophageal. 
 
Oropharyngeal dysphagia is related to problems with the initiation of the swallows and clearing the food bolus from the mouth to the esophagus.  This usually occurs within a second of swallowing and you may feel that you cannot initiate a swallow or food hangs up in the neck region.  A test that is commonly used to evaluate this is a modified barium swallow or videofluoroscopic swallowing study.  This study provides critical information on inability or excessive delay in initiation of swallowing, unintentional inhalation of food, unintentional expulsion of food from the nose or mouth, and/or abnormal retention of food in the back of the throat after swallowing.  Most ...

Is the FODMAP diet right for you?

FODMAPs is an acronym, coined by two Australian researchers, that refers to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.  These are small chain sugars, fibers, and sugar alcohols that are poorly digested by humans, but are easily digested by the bacteria in your intestine and colon.  When the bacteria consume FODMAPs, they produce gas, which leads to symptoms of gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and changes in bowel movements.  The FODMAP diet is used to alleviate the impact these types of foods have on your gastrointestinal tract. 

A diet low in FODMAPs food was designed to help minimize symptoms in individuals that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional bloating.  You should discuss your symptoms with your physician prior to starting this diet since other gastrointestinal related disorders need to be excluded first (i.e., celiac disease, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and others). 

If a diet low in FODMAP is recommended for you ...

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Gastroenterology - Issaquah
751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
3rd Floor
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: 425-313-5345
Fax: 425-313-7176
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Gastroenterology - Seattle - First Hill
1221 Madison St.
Suite 1220
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-215-4250
Fax: 206-215-4252
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