Swallowing & Dysphagia Information

Swallowing

A swallowing disorder or “dysphagia” is described as the difficulty moving foods and/or liquids at any point from the mouth to the stomach. Dysphagia affects millions of people ranging from newborn to the elderly and can occur as a result of a variety of congenital abnormalities, structural damage as well as medical conditions.

Signs And Symptoms of Dysphagia

Difficulty coordinating breathing and swallowing
Increased chest congestion with eating or drinking
Voice changes (wet/gurgly)
Multiple swallows to pass food and liquids
Throat clearing
Coughing or choking during or after the swallow
Pain with swallowing
Difficulty chewing
Difficulty moving food/liquids from mouth to throat
Drooling (difficulty handling secretions)
Food feeling like it gets stuck high/low in throat

Signs and Symptoms of Laryngopharyneal Reflux Disorder

Throat clearing
Persistent cough
Globus sensation
Hoarseness
Choking episodes