Swallowing Problems (Dysphagia)
What is dysphagia?
- Dysphagia is a problem with swallowing
- You may have problems swallowing food, drink or tablets
What happens when you have dysphagia?
When food or drink is in your mouth you may have problems with:
- Holding food and drink in your mouth
- Moving food and drink to the back of your mouth
- Clearing food and drink from your cheeks
When food or drink is in your throat you may have problems with:
- Coughing or choking
- Food or drink coming out your nose
- Food getting stuck in your throat
When food or drink is in your food pipe you may have problems with:
What can happen because of dysphagia?
- Food or drink going into the airway instead of the food pipe
- Chest infections
- Weight loss
- Hospital stays
- Avoiding food and drink
- What causes dysphagia?
- Damage to the part of the brain that controls swallowing
- Surgery to the mouth, throat, spine, head or brain
- Cancer of the mouth, throat, head or neck
- Breathing problems