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Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

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A dysphagia is any problem involving any part of the oral cavity, the pharynx (throat), esophagus, or gastroesophageal junction

These problems may include:

  • Coughing during or after eating or drinking
  • Difficulty with saliva, including drooling
  • A wet-sounding voice, especially during or after eating
  • Great effort used for chewing and/or swallowing
  • Feeling that food may be swallowed “whole”
  • Loss of food or liquid from the mouth
  • Coating of mouth with food after swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing after eating
  • Food getting stuck in mouth or throat
  • Needing to stuff mouth to swallow
  • Slow eating (more than 30 minutes)
  • Much throat clearing after eating
  • Food or liquid entering the airway (aspiration)
  • Feeling of food entering the back of the nose
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Signs of poor nutrition
  • Lung infections (e.g., pneumonia, etc.)
  • Unexplained weight loss