Food can be one of our biggest pleasures or one of our biggest dangers.
Swallowing disorders can turn eating into a nightmare because they can occur at different stages of swallowing. While you're chewing, or as the food passes down the throat and into the esophagus. If your airway doesn't close properly, there could be real trouble.
What can cause swallowing problems?
- Stroke, brain injury, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disease
- Cancer in the mouth, throat or esophagus
- Injury or surgery involving the head and neck
- Decayed or missing teeth or poorly fitting dentures
What are signs and symptoms of dysphagia?
- Coughing/throat clearing during or right after eating or drinking
- Wet or gurgle-sounding voice during or after eating or drinking
- Extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
- Food or liquid leaking from mouth or getting stuck in mouth
- Recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating
- Weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough