(Dysphagia, Oropharyngeal; Difficulty Swallowing [Mouth or Pharynx])
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- Neuromuscular disorders such as stroke , Parkinson’s disease , multiple sclerosis , and Huntington chorea
- Neurological damage such as brain or spinal cord injury
- Tumors in the mouth or throat
- Pouches in the pharynx such as Zenker's diverticulum
- Infection such as pharyngitis , tonsillitis, strep throat, or acute epiglottitis
- Enlarged thyroid
- Enlarged tonsil
- Having a neurological condition
- Increased age
- Being born prematurely
- Cancer treatment
- Throat and neck infections
- Difficulty starting the swallowing process to move food or liquid from the mouth to the pharynx—liquid may be harder to swallow than food
- A sensation that food is stuck in the throat
- Drooling, coughing, choking
- Weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to problems with eating and drinking
- Swallowing test to observe what happens when you swallow
- Videofluorographic swallowing study (VFSS)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association http://www.asha.org
Dysphagia Research Society http://www.dysphagiaresearch.org
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca
Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist https://www.osla.on.ca
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- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/13/2013 -
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